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VAT RELIEF ON PRODUCTS PURCHASED FROM iCare4

This article gives you more detailed information on what homecare products we are able to supply VAT Free in the UK, and who we are allowed to sell them to. At the end of this article there are links for the Direct.gov Website as well a contact numbers so you can get advice to help clarify your personal circumstances if you need to.

Items which we can sell without VAT are referred to as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief'.

WHO CAN BUY PRODUCTS WITHOUT PAYING VAT?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

  • have a physical or mental impairment that has a long-term and severe effect on their ability to carry out everyday activities
  • have a condition that doctors treat as a chronic sickness - like diabetes, for example
  • are terminally ill

A person with a temporary injury like a broken leg would not qualify, nor would a frail older person who is otherwise well and not disabled.

PRODUCTS THAT ARE ELIGIBLE FOR VAT RELIEF

If you have a long-term illness or you're disabled, you won't have to pay VAT when you buy any of the following items from iCare4 Ltd:
Incontinence Products, Pressure Care Products and Sanitary Devices

WHO DECIDES WHETHER GOODS OR SERVICES QUALIFY FOR ZERO RATING?

The supplier (in this case iCare4 Ltd) is responsible for ensuring that all the conditions for zero-rating are met, so while we do everything we can to ensure that we can supply you as quickly and easily as possible, there may be occasions when we need to get in touch just to clarify your circumstances. If a carer, parent, spouse or guardian acts on behalf of a ‘chronically sick or disabled’ person, the supply is treated as being made to that ‘chronically sick or disabled’ person provided that the individual buying the items makes the declaration that they are doing so on their behalf.

MORE INFORMATION

If you would like to read through some more information on this subject, There is also a good explanation of the rules about VAT Relief for disabled people at the Governments own website, which you can visit at: Disabled People - Tax Relief

This website also has Links to the HMRC website which has details of the full rules. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there, you can call their Charities Helpline, which covers VAT reliefs for disabled people:

Telephone: 0845 302 02 03 - The helpline is open 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday.