What Is VAT?
VAT stands for Value Added Tax, this is a % fee that is added to all goods and services bought within the EU, including the United Kingdom. For the UK, VAT is charged at 20%.
VAT exemption for disabled people
The government allows people who suffer from a form of disability, long-term illness or who are terminally ill to purchase certain items “VAT Free”. These items are specifically designed or adapted to assist with your disability or long-term illness, such as but not limited to: Mobility Scooters, Stairlifts, Large Handled Cutlery, Grab Rails and Wheelchairs.
Under VAT Law, a person can qualify for VAT exemption if they:
- Have a long term physical or mental impairment that affects their ability to carry out every day activities, i.e. blindness
- Have a sickness that is deemed as a chronic, i.e. diabetes
- Are terminally ill
Unfortunately, you won’t qualify for VAT exemption if you are classed as able bodied, regardless of age, or if you are temporarily disabled, i.e. suffering from a broken leg but will fully recover.
For more help on whether you qualify for VAT exemption click here to contact us.
How to get items VAT free
In order to qualify for VAT exemption you must:
- Have a long-term sickness or disability or be buying for someone who does
- Be buying the goods for your own personal/domestic use, or be purchasing on behalf of someone
- Complete a VAT declaration form (this can be done online or in one of our local stores)