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Are you eligible for VAT exemption?

Published: 6th July 2023

Value Added Tax (VAT) stands as a consumption tax that many countries impose on goods and services. However, VAT does not apply to all transactions, as certain categories of goods and services receive exemptions from this tax. In this blog post, we aim to provide you with the basic requirements for VAT exemption and address some of the most frequently asked questions.

Who qualifies for VAT relief?

Our inventory comprises numerous products that meet the criteria for VAT exemption. The purpose behind VAT relief is to aid individuals with chronic, long-term conditions in acquiring medical equipment. For detailed guidance on VAT exemption provided by the government, please refer to their official advice found here.

The government has outlined three specific conditions:

  • You have a physical or mental impairment that affects your ability to carry out everyday activities, for example blindness
  • You have a condition that’s treated as chronic sickness, like diabetes
  • You have a terminal illness

Which Conditions are Covered?

If the end user of the product suffers from one of these conditions, you can apply for VAT exemption. This list is not exhaustive. If you would like to know if your condition is included, please consult your GP or other medical professional.

Alzheimer’s Chronic Arthritis Motor Neuron Disease Polymyositis
Amputee COPD Multiple Sclerosis Pulmonary Fibrosis
Angina Degenerative Spine Muscular Dystrophy Pulmonary Hypertension
Ankylosing Spondylitis Dementia Myelitis Respiratory Failure
Arthritis Diabetes Oedema Rheumatism
Ataxia Diverticulitis Osteoarthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis
Bronchiectasis Emphysema Osteoporosis Scoliosis
Cancer Epilepsy Parkinson’s Spina Bifida
Cerebellum Ataxia Fibromyalgia Partially Sighted Spondylitis
Cerebral Palsy Functional Movement Disorder Peripheral Vascular Disease Stenosis
Cerebral Vasculitis Lymphedema Pneumonia Stroke

How can I get the VAT exemption applied to my order?

Simply check the VAT box during the basket phase of check out, before you click proceed to billing. When filling out the billing formation you will need to provide information on the persons condition/disability or provide your charity number (see below).

Can a charity be VAT exempt?

Yes, if the charity has a registered charity number and are purchasing the product for a VAT exempt individual or group of individuals, then they can apply to receive the exemption. Simply enter your charity number in the box when including VAT exemption.

If I am disabled, will I be automatically VAT exempt?

No, disabled people are not always considered VAT exempt unless they have one of the listed conditions.

Do I need to claim the VAT back?

No, the VAT charge will be automatically taken off your ordering price.

If you have any further questions, please reach out to us on one of our contact options.

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