VAT Vendor Search

From 1 March 2005, a vendor will be required to include the VAT registration number of the recipient of goods and/or services on any tax invoice issued. To assist vendors to comply with this new requirement, the list of vendors registered for VAT is included in the VAT Vendor Search as an extended search or a web service. This information is only available to vendors who are registered with eFiling. However, the search function to verify whether persons who supply goods and/or services are registered for VAT is still available to business enterprises and members of the public.

The VAT Vendor Search is designed to only verify a VAT registration number if the exact correct trading name has been entered. For this reason, it is essential that SARS has the correct and updated trading name of an enterprise on record. Should SARS not have the correct particulars of an enterprise on record, the VAT vendor search may indicate the vendor is not registered and any tax invoice issued to other vendors or tourists may be rejected.

Please follow the relevant links below:

  • Verify a VAT registration number (VAT registration number required)
  • Verify whether a person is registered for VAT (Trading name required)
  • Extended VAT Vendor Search (registration for eFiling required)
  • VAT Vendor Search Webservice (registration for eFiling required)
  • Frequently asked questions on the VAT Vendor Search Application
  • For Help on the VAT Vendor Search Application