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Safeguard Your Business: HMRC Alerts on VAT Bank Details Fraud

In a recent development, HMRC has issued a critical warning regarding fraudulent activities targeting businesses’ VAT repayments. Exploiting Form VAT 484, fraudsters manipulate businesses’ contact, return, and bank details, posing a significant threat to financial security.

What is Form VAT 484?

Form VAT 484 is an online and paper document used by businesses to update their VAT details with HMRC. This includes information such as contact details, return dates, and bank details. It’s an essential form for ensuring accurate and up-to-date records with the HMRC.

What is VAT Bank Details Fraud?

HMRC has warned that the VAT 484 form has been used by fraudsters to gain access to businesses’ VAT repayments. HMRC are writing to businesses to confirm changes made to their details since January 2024. Do not ignore this communication from HMRC.

Safeguard My VAT Registered Business

Responding to HMRC’s alert, the ICAEW’s Tax Faculty has emphasised he urgency for businesses to take preventive measures.

  • Conducting a thorough review of VAT details, particularly bank information in tax accounts
  • Verify the receipt of expected repayments to thwart potential fraud attempts
  • Do not ignore communication from HMRC regarding changes to VAT account

Who is at risk?

While repayment traders are primary targets, no business is immune. Fraud attempts are indiscriminate.

VAT registered businesses must be vigilant. By promptly verifying any VAT detail changes or unexpected repayment transactions, businesses can shield themselves from the threat of VAT bank details fraud. Take proactive steps today.

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