Heads Up - How to get  VAT Refunds for Disabled or Chronically Ill Persons on Eligible items @ Amazon
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Heads Up - How to get VAT Refunds for Disabled or Chronically Ill Persons on Eligible items @ Amazon

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Edited by:"xstevo99"Found 19th Aug
While this links to Amazon information, refunds on VAT for applicable persons may be available at other retailers

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Not sure what falls under eligible sales but you could wechat to verify


Amazon can issue VAT refunds on eligible sales to customers who are registered disabled or chronically ill. To apply for your VAT refund, after your order has been completed you'll need to fill out an eligibility declaration form which can be requested from our Customer Service department or obtained directly from HMRC (HMRC Notice 701/7 VAT reliefs for disabled people). Please send the completed form to us via the following address:

Amazon Customer Service,
Waverley Gate,
2-4 Waterloo Place,
Edinburgh,
EH1 3EG,
United Kingdom

HMRC PAGE

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Anyone with such a condition will already be aware of the products available, but may not have known that they were able to purchase via Amazon, so that's useful. I hate that most advice you get suggests specific suppliers that are often well overpriced for the items they sell and work out bad value even with the VAT off.

One example was a T-Loop system I purchased last year. The recommended suppliers wanted £120+ for it. Amazon was around £17 for the exact same product. If they have the items you need you can save a small fortune.

reddit9 m ago

VAT back on all Apple products then.Like it.


As "goods that have been designed solely for disabled people"?

aymanhd1 h, 15 m ago

I assume it was a joke...


Indeed a joke on the basis that you have to be mad to pay their prices.
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isn't it just mobility aids and stuff to help people with there disability? e.g. Wheel chairs, walking sticks/ Frames etc...

AJ9220 m ago

isn't it just mobility aids and stuff to help people with there …isn't it just mobility aids and stuff to help people with there disability? e.g. Wheel chairs, walking sticks/ Frames etc...


Pretty much, yes, as linked by Truly.Yours18 above and at yes: gov.uk/gov…pdf
Edited by: "Illusionary" 19th Aug

Well done OP for putting this out there. Any little that can help people in these categories is great.

very useful. Thanks

Anyone with such a condition will already be aware of the products available, but may not have known that they were able to purchase via Amazon, so that's useful. I hate that most advice you get suggests specific suppliers that are often well overpriced for the items they sell and work out bad value even with the VAT off.

One example was a T-Loop system I purchased last year. The recommended suppliers wanted £120+ for it. Amazon was around £17 for the exact same product. If they have the items you need you can save a small fortune.

VAT back on all Apple products then.

Like it.

reddit9 m ago

VAT back on all Apple products then.Like it.


As "goods that have been designed solely for disabled people"?

Boots, Superdrug etc also do this .

Illusionary44 m ago

As "goods that have been designed solely for disabled people"?

I assume it was a joke...

aymanhd14 m ago

I assume it was a joke...


Perhaps, but with this having been posted under "entertainment" and "fashion", among other mostly non-eligible categories, I wouldn't be surprised to see it being misinterpreted.

aymanhd1 h, 15 m ago

I assume it was a joke...


Indeed a joke on the basis that you have to be mad to pay their prices.

Illusionary1 h, 1 m ago

Perhaps, but with this having been posted under "entertainment" and …Perhaps, but with this having been posted under "entertainment" and "fashion", among other mostly non-eligible categories, I wouldn't be surprised to see it being misinterpreted.


I'm sure that whatever we say in the world today that somebody will find a reason not to like it.

reddit19 m ago

Indeed a joke on the basis that you have to be mad to pay their prices.



reddit18 m ago

I'm sure that whatever we say in the world today that somebody will find a …I'm sure that whatever we say in the world today that somebody will find a reason not to like it.


Fair enough. And yep, you're probably right with that.

Heat, good to know!

reddit4 h, 23 m ago

Indeed a joke on the basis that you have to be mad to pay their prices.


It is a shame that Apple's prices are so high because their accessibility features are very, very good; especially for the visually impaired who, thanks to software such as VoiceOver, can keep in touch and stay connected with folk. When phones with physical buttons started go out of fashion, my wife was very worried but VoiceOver has made it much easier to use smart phones and iPads.

reddit6 h, 49 m ago

VAT back on all Apple products then.Like it.

My Mrs got her vat back on an Apple Mac from Stormfront about four years ago. They couldn't work out how much the voice over and access facilities were worth on their own so didn't charge any VAT at all!

Tony Blair likes this.

Thanks. Worth pointing out claims must be made within 3 months of purchase, mine was refused as I was a few days out (I never knew they paid back VAT until now)
Edited by: "dabbit" 20th Aug

Just bought a car seat for our little girl from Amazon. She is registered as disabled would this qualify does anyone know?

Blackhorse10 m ago

Just bought a car seat for our little girl from Amazon. She is registered …Just bought a car seat for our little girl from Amazon. She is registered as disabled would this qualify does anyone know?


Without knowing the specific details of the car seat that you've purchased, we're not in a position to say, but here's the guidance from HMRC. If in doubt, you could check with the manufacturer and/or with Amazon.


Goods that have been designed solely for disabled people
You won't have to pay VAT on any goods that have been designed by the manufacturer solely for use by disabled people. Eligible goods include white canes or whistling cups for blind people, vibrating pillows for deaf or hard of hearing people, invalid wheelchairs, TENS machines, Braille embossers and incontinence products.

What HMRC mean by 'designed solely for disabled people'
This means that the original intention of the product's designer was to produce an appliance or equipment solely to meet the needs of people with one or more disabilities. Goods that are designed for use by disabled and non-disabled people alike can't be bought VAT free. Goods that are bought to be used by or that are mainly bought by disabled people can't be bought without VAT unless they're designed solely for use by disabled people. For example, general purpose equipment such as a laptop, an air conditioning device, a reclining chair or an orthopaedic bed might benefit a disabled person but can't be bought VAT free because they're not designed solely for use by a disabled person.

A friend of mine has a daughter with Cerebral Palsy.

Loads of the stuff she needs is hellishly expensive.

Would this be of any help to him or is it an adults only arrangement?

I'm disabled. In most situations, it would cost you more to take advantage of VAT free products since they have to be designed for disabled people which comes with its own price tag.

Cheaper versions of such products are nearly always designed for everyone and you won't be able to claim VAT back on this.

Hi all does any one know any useful aids for epileptic mum's especially with a new baby please help Thanks so much and I know u all good bargain hunters as money very tight but save loads with you guys on here please keep it upxxx
Edited by: "Passion08" 20th Aug

I have osteoarthritis in my feet and need very wide,deep shoes. I am able to buy them vat free.

dozstanford1 h, 24 m ago

Genuine question, can a claim be back dated... like 2 or 3 years ? (with …Genuine question, can a claim be back dated... like 2 or 3 years ? (with Amazon)


Someone earlier said it needs to be claimed within 3 months of purchase.

AppStar13 m ago

Someone earlier said it needs to be claimed within 3 months of purchase.


No it needs to be claimed within 3 months of purchase, I missed out by a few days

Amazon are very quick when they receive the form - we applied approx 3ish months back after buying some disability stuff and they'd refunded by the end of the same week.
Edited by: "Smickan" 20th Aug

If anyone's in the market for a good mattress you can get the Tempur Original 20 less the VAT this way. This is how I got mine.

Very good to know. Thank you for posting.

I'm disabled and not where not always aware of what's out there I only found out today that I'm eligible for free road tax

Matzi20008 m ago

I'm disabled and not where not always aware of what's out there I only …I'm disabled and not where not always aware of what's out there I only found out today that I'm eligible for free road tax




I'd keep it quiet. The HUKD Misc Forum Nazis will be in uproar!

CaptainSocks20th Aug

A friend of mine has a daughter with Cerebral Palsy. Loads of the stuff …A friend of mine has a daughter with Cerebral Palsy. Loads of the stuff she needs is hellishly expensive. Would this be of any help to him or is it an adults only arrangement?


If bought for the daughter and it was a disability product, then yes. They would probably have found this out already though (perhaps not the Amazon reclaim part) but for other products.

Matzi20001 h, 29 m ago

I'm disabled and not where not always aware of what's out there I only …I'm disabled and not where not always aware of what's out there I only found out today that I'm eligible for free road tax


Not sure why you call it road tax, when it's not, but you can only claim it is you have higher dla, higher pip or two other things.
You would tend to have been told you can claim vehicle tax at the time you claimed/recieve these. It's a pain though as you have to apply every year even with the new taxing system. Also technically nobody else can use the car for their needs.

CaptainSocks20th Aug

A friend of mine has a daughter with Cerebral Palsy. Loads of the stuff …A friend of mine has a daughter with Cerebral Palsy. Loads of the stuff she needs is hellishly expensive. Would this be of any help to him or is it an adults only arrangement?



No this is available for anyone who is registered disabled

Does herpes count?

Illusionary20th Aug

As "goods that have been designed solely for disabled people"?


Exactly.
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