What is Disabled VAT Exemption/ Relief?

VAT relief means disabled and chronically ill people are exempt from paying VAT on items purchased. This means they pay 0% VAT and therefore save money.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

To be eligible for VAT relief the government state you have to fit the following criteria:

Charities: Simply provide your charity number.

A person is ‘chronically sick or disabled’ if he/she is a person:

  • With a physical or mental impairment which has a long-term and substantial adverse effect upon his/her ability to carry out everyday activities; with a condition which the medical profession treats as a chronic sickness, such as diabetes; or
  • Who is terminally ill.

Important Note: It does NOT include a frail elderly person who is otherwise able-bodied or any person who is only temporarily disabled or incapacitated, such as with a broken limb.

I’m buying for someone else, can I still claim VAT relief?

Yes. At the checkout simply enter the reason for exemption and the name of the person your are ordering for in the area labelled “Name of person to which VAT exemption applies” . The date will be recorded of your transaction and that is all we need.

What proof do we need to provide?

In order to waive VAT on your purchase, the government requires a simple self-declaration to be made as to the nature of your disability at the time of ordering. No proof of your disability need be shown to any party at any time.

It’s very easy to claim VAT relief, all we need to know is your name, today’s date & what your chronic sickness or disability is. We don’t need a doctor’s letter or any reference numbers. All you need to do is complete the “Reason for VAT exemption” form field found on the checkout and “Name of person to which VAT exemption applies”

Which Items are eligible?

All Globaleather products are eligible for VAT exemption.

Please remember

If you do not complete the VAT exemption form, or you are not eligible for VAT relief, we are obliged to charge you the full prevailing VAT on the whole of your order.

Should you need more information about VAT relief or are unsure about your status for VAT exemption, contact https://www.gov.uk/financial-help-disabled/vat-relief