Most disabled people know that you do not need to pay VAT on things like manual or powered wheelchairs and other disability or mobility aids purchased specifically to meet your disabled needs. However, VAT exemption for disabled people is far more widespread than that and can at times be a bit confusing.
Apart from disability and mobility aids that you purchase most people don’t realise that if you have building work, alterations or even additions to your house that all of the services could well be VAT exempt providing that they are designed for your specific use as a disabled person, typical examples are the installation of a wet room, exterior ramp into your property and any adaptations that are needed for you to live a normal day-to-day life. I have created an area of Ableize to offer details and links to HM Revenue and Customers see VAT Exemption for the Disabled.
Take a wet room for example, if you employ a VAT registered company to do the work you would not be required to pay the VAT on their labour nor would you pay VAT on any fixtures and fittings but that said it most probably will be unlikely that the person undertaking the work will be aware of this and it might well be something that you need to point out and explain that they need to provide you with a VAT exempt form to fill in and sign, and bill you without the VAT. Remember that VAT is a whopping 20% on every thousand pounds the job costs so you could potentially be saving £200.00.
One very misunderstood area of VAT exemption for disabled people, especially for wheelchair users is the purchase of a new car or vehicle. A few months ago I was speaking to a young chap that sadly lost both his legs fighting in Afghanistan. He must of received a large cash sum for his injuries because he treated himself to a brand spanking new Range Rover Sport for around 60 grand. After a while we got talking about rights as a disabled person in general and I found out that he had purchased the car outright and was never told about the VAT exemption for wheelchair users. He could have saved himself a whopping £12,000! Now that really is a serious saving.