VAT relief for disabled people

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VAT relief for disabled people

Post by iih » Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:08 pm

From the directgov site:

"VAT is a tax that you pay as a consumer when you buy goods and services in the European Union (EU), including the United Kingdom. In the UK the standard rate for VAT is 20 per cent.

Disabled people don't have to pay VAT when they buy equipment that has been designed solely for disabled people, or on the adaptation of equipment so they can use it.

Also, VAT is not charged on certain services provided to disabled people, including some building work to adapt a disabled person's home and the hire of disability equipment like wheelchairs.

Goods and services on which you don't have to pay VAT are often referred to as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief'. In other words, the rate of VAT that is charged on them is zero."

The rules on VAT are complex though, and if you're shopping (either online or offline) you need to check whether or not what you're purchasing is exempt from VAT. Usually there's a declaration form you have to complete and sign and send off to Customs and Excise, though sometimes the retailer will do this on your behalf.

For more information on VAT relief, see the directgov site: https://www.gov.uk/financial-help-disabled/vat-relief

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