What Is The VAT Relief Scheme?
Did you know that if you live in the UK have a disability or long-term illness, you can benefit from VAT relief? This means that you do not have to pay VAT on some of the goods and services bought here. However, these goods and services that are included in the VAT relief scheme are only those that will be of practical guidance that will help with your long-term illness or disability.
If you are wondering which products and services are available as part of the VAT relief scheme, each product page will simply state whether it is or not. Then, if you are eligible for VAT exemption, you will have the option to add it at the checkout for each product.
Am I Eligible For VAT Relief?
The VAT relief scheme states that you are eligible for zero-rated VAT if you have any of the following long-term illnesses or disabilities below:
- You have a physical or mental impairment which has a long-term and significant adverse effect on your ability to carry out everyday tasks.
- You have a medical condition that is classed as a chronic sickness. For example, diabetes.
- You have a terminal illness.
This means, that unfortunately, you are not eligible for the VAT relief scheme if you are elderly and able-bodied, or if you are only disabled for a temporary amount of time.
If you do have any of the above long-term illnesses or disabilities and are eligible for the VAT relief, do not think you can only benefit from it when you purchase the product or service. Even if a parent, guardian, wife or husband purchases the product or service for you, they can still receive VAT exemption on your behalf. However, it is stated that the products and services must only be for domestic or personal use, not for business use. This means that the individual that is eligible for VAT relief is the only one entitled to use the product or service that has 0% VAT applied.
More Information on VAT Relief
If you are still unsure whether you are eligible for VAT relief on any of our mobility aids, you can find more information here on the GOV.UK website or you can contact the HMRC National Advice Service on 0845 010 9000.