VAT Exemption for the disabled

What is VAT Exemption / Relief?

Put simply, VAT exemption allows chronically sick or disabled people to buy eligible items at 0% rather than 20% VAT - thus saving them a significant amount of money. It is normally far easier to claim this exemption when buying online. Online shops such as ourselves are set up to allow you to answer simple questions, in the comfort of your own home. This is not usually the case with High Street retailers.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

To be eligible for VAT relief the government says you have to fit the following criteria:

Charities - simply provide your charity number.

A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if he/she is a person:

1. With a physical or mental impairment which has a long-term and substantial adverse effect upon his/her ability to carry out everyday activities; with a condition which the medical profession treats as a chronic sickness, such as rheumatoid or severe osteo-arthritis; or

2. Who is terminally ill.

Important Note: It does NOT include a frail elderly person who is otherwise able-bodied or any person who is only temporarily disabled or incapacitated, such as with a broken limb.

What proof do we need to provide?

In order to waive VAT on an eligible purchase, the government requires a simple declaration to be made as to the nature of your disability at the time of ordering. No proof of your disability need be shown to any party at any time.

It’s very easy to claim VAT relief, all we need to know is the name, address & disability of the person the item is for & what their chronic sickness or disability is. We don't need a doctor's letter or any reference numbers.

The above information can be provided during the online checkout. All this information is collected over our secure connection and we keep it completely confidential.

Which Items are eligible?

VAT Exemption only applies to certain items; these are items which have been designed to be used by someone who is chronically sick or disabled. Examples of such products are the Keywing & many more daily living aids and care equipment.

If an item's price is shown "with VAT Relief" on our site, and you are eligible (as above) then you are entitled to buy these products with VAT Relief.

0% Rated for VAT

Many of our products are zero rated and the declaration is to confirm they are for personal use or being sold to a charitable institution. However, this relief does not apply to any supplies made to or for the NHS or non-charitable nursing homes and hospitals or other similar institutions.

Displayed Prices

If you view a product and see the price shown with "with VAT Relief" after it, then VAT relief can be claimed on that item. Prices shown with "0% Rated for VAT" can be bought at this rate for personal use and for charities.

Things to Remember

  • We do NOT decide if an item is or isn't exempt and we don't make any more or less money if we charge you VAT or we don't charge you VAT.
  • The details you provide are private and strictly confidential. They can only be viewed on our secure private company network and will be made securely available to UK Government HMRC should they request.
  • If you do not complete the VAT exemption form, or you are not eligible for VAT relief, we are obliged to charge you the full prevailing VAT on the whole of your order.
  • Where VAT exemption has been claimed incorrectly or there is reasonable doubt regarding eligibility, we reserve the right to charge VAT where applicable
  • Not all products are eligible for VAT relief, so we are obliged to charge VAT at the prevailing rate for those products that are not VAT exempt, even after you complete this form.
  • Click here to visit the Government page on VAT for disabled people section. The page also has links to other financial help if you are disabled.