UK has one of the most flexible and broader VAT grouping regime in Europe. Two or more resident UK businesses can apply (not mandatory) to create a VAT group. These companies must satisfy the ¨common control¨ test and tax avoidance conditions set in section 43A of the VAT Act. A VAT group is treated in the same way as a single taxable person. Intra-group supplies are disregarded for VAT purposes and every member is jointly and severally liable for VAT liabilities of any group member. The same VAT number is granted to all members of the VAT group.
To apply for a VAT group in the UK, you must complete forms VAT 50 and VAT 51. Further information about the application process and VAT group conditions is available in the Guidance published by HMRC.