UK VAT risks using expense claim Apps?

Everyone hates doing their expenses don’t they, so the idea of having an App to do the work for you is brilliant. However I can’t help wondering if VAT claims might be exposed based on the ‘rubbish in, rubbish out’ theory.

What if an invoice is two sided – as so many of them are now – and you only scan half of it.  Is the claim invalid if the VAT number is on the unscanned half?

I haven’t read anything specific from HMRC on this so can only assume the same rules apply as to other electronic records – basically “you must be able to ensure the authenticity and integrity of your invoice data” which surely wouldn’t be met in my half-scanned situation.

It would be interesting to know if anyone has specific experience of having problems – or even better successes – on this.

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