VAT Exemption allows customers who are chronically sick or disabled to buy eligible products at 0% VAT rather than 20%, thus saving them money.
As a general guide with regards who can qualify for VAT Exemption, HM Revenue & Customs defines chronically sick or disabled people as;
You have a physical or mental impairment which has a long-term and substantial adverse effect upon your ability to carry out everyday activities.
You have a condition that the medical profession treats as chronic sickness, such as Diabetes.
You have a terminal illness.
VAT Exemption does not apply to people with a temporary injury, such as a broken leg or people whom are frail through age.
All the prices on Chic Aid are shown inclusive of VAT. To waiver the VAT on an eligible item, the government requires a declaration form to be submitted, informing of the nature of your disability at the time of ordering.
You can complete an order on behalf of another person for example, the parent of a disabled child. This also includes the completion of the VAT Exemption form with details of name, address and disability of the person the item is for. Information can be supplied during checkout.
At no point, will extra proof be required by Chic Aid for example Dr’s notes etc.…
Not all products are eligible for VAT relief
Chic Aid does not decide which products are or are not eligible
We do not make any more money if we charge you VAT or if we don’t
If you do not complete the VAT Exemption form or are not entitled, we must charge it
VAT Exemption is optional and if you do not wish to give your name or address, then you can opt to choose to pay VAT on your purchase.
For more information about VAT Exemption please visit the HM Revenue & Customs website.
If you cannot find the answer to your questions there you can call their Charities Helpline, which covers this subject in more detail. 0300 123 1073 – opening hours are 0800 to 1700, Monday to Friday, closed weekends and bank holidays.
If in any doubt call the National Advice Service on 0843 504 3670.