VAT relief for disabled people
If you're disabled or have a long-term illness, you won't be charged VAT on products designed or adapted for your own personal or domestic use. Also, you won't be charged VAT on:
- the installation and any extra work needed as part of this
- repairs or maintenance
- spare parts or accessories
The product and your disability have to qualify.
Qualifying products or services
Your supplier can tell you, but usually products designed or adapted for a disability qualify. For example, certain types of:
- adjustable beds
- stair lifts
- medical appliances to help with severe injuries
- braille paper or low vision aids - but not spectacles or contact lenses
- motor vehicles - or the leasing of a motability vehicle
- building work like ramps, widening doors, installing a lift or toilet
How to get the product VAT free
To get the product VAT free your disability has to qualify. For VAT purposes, you're disabled or have a long-term illness if:
- 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're terminally ill
You don't qualify if you're elderly but able-bodied, or if you're temporarily disabled.
You'll need to confirm in writing that you meet these conditions. Your supplier may give you a form for this.
Who to contact
This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Slough Family Information Service website and Slough Borough Council cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations