If you suffer from a long term illness or disability you do not need to pay VAT on some of the goods and services you buy. In general this applies to any good or service that are specifically designed to be used to relieve the symptoms of a chronic illness or disability.
Am i eligible for VAT relief?
You are eligible for VAT Relief if the person who will use the item(s) is
1, 'chronically sick or disabled' and;
2, the item(s) are for personal or domestic use, not a business
Chronically sick or disabled is defined as a physical or mental impairment, chronic ailment or terminal illness.
Who is not eligible
You do not qualify if you are elderly but otherwise able-bodied, or if you're only temporarily disabled or incapacitated.
Buying for someone else
You don't have to physically buy the goods in person. If your parent, guardian, wife or husband buys the goods and services for you, then you will not be charged VAT.
Even if your eligible the product may not be
Whether or not a product is eligible for VAT is declared by the manufacturer. Even if a product is declared to be VAT exempt occasionally Inland Revenue may require VAT to be charged. Mobility batteries for example are not permitted to be sold on the internet VAT free.
You can obtain further information on VAT relief from the gov.uk by clicking here
To claim relief from VAT you need to complate a VAT Relief self-declaration form. This simple form is found on the checkout page. Once submitted VAT will be removed from all eligible items.
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