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    • eskimo26
    • By eskimo26 13th Oct 16, 7:00 PM
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    Confusion about VAT and products for the disabled.
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    • 13th Oct 16, 7:00 PM
    Confusion about VAT and products for the disabled. 13th Oct 16 at 7:00 PM
    Hi all,

    I have received a disabled student assessment [DSA] from the government regarding equipment I need for my degree.

    It has been a long saga but currently i'm in the position where I have found a company to complete the work and provide me with the invoice to send to the team to be processed. [so they can right off the money as spent legitimately].

    Basically this small company have received advice from there accountant that regarding the VAT if the item is specifically designed for use by a disabled person then no VAT is chargeable (the invoice is zero rated). So they shouldn't charge me VAT.

    Now the invoice from the original company that were going to do the work [they tendered an invoice to the Government as part of the assessment process] included VAT.

    So now i'm confused, obviously this is being done as part of a DSA for a disabled student but as far as proving i'm "officially disabled" whatever that means, how would that work? Is it necessary?

    Really confused about what this company is saying and what the 'official company' has shown in their invoice! Any help appreciated.

    I am aware that disabled equipment is zero rated on VAT but surely that doesn't include the whole PC just individual relevant software?
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    • Lafuma
    • By Lafuma 13th Oct 16, 7:07 PM
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    • 13th Oct 16, 7:07 PM
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    • 13th Oct 16, 7:07 PM
    Hi all,

    I have received a disabled student assessment [DSA] from the government regarding equipment I need for my degree.

    It has been a long saga but currently i'm in the position where I have found a company to complete the work and provide me with the invoice to send to the team to be processed. [so they can right off the money as spent legitimately].

    Basically this small company have received advice from there accountant that regarding the VAT if the item is specifically designed for use by a disabled person then no VAT is chargeable (the invoice is zero rated). So they shouldn't charge me VAT.

    Now the invoice from the original company that were going to do the work [they tendered an invoice to the Government as part of the assessment process] included VAT.

    So now i'm confused, obviously this is being done as part of a DSA for a disabled student but as far as proving i'm "officially disabled" whatever that means, how would that work? Is it necessary?

    Really confused about what this company is saying and what the 'official company' has shown in their invoice! Any help appreciated.

    I am aware that disabled equipment is zero rated on VAT but surely that doesn't include the whole PC just individual relevant software?
    Originally posted by eskimo26
    Presumably, based on the advice your supplier's accountant has provided that supplier (I'm not sure how you came by that information, but not to worry) then the supplier will not be charging you any extra for VAT.

    Don't worry about anything else - it's not your concern
    • antrobus
    • By antrobus 13th Oct 16, 7:11 PM
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    • 13th Oct 16, 7:11 PM
    ... I am aware that disabled equipment is zero rated on VAT but surely that doesn't include the whole PC just individual relevant software?
    Originally posted by eskimo26


    I believe so.


    Relief is available on products 'designed or adapted for the disabled'. An off the shelf PC wouldn't count but "computer software designed specifically for disabled people" does.


    http://www.taxguideforstudents.org.uk/types-of-student/disabled-students/vat-reliefs-for-disabled-and-older-people
    • eskimo26
    • By eskimo26 13th Oct 16, 9:18 PM
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    • 13th Oct 16, 9:18 PM
    I believe so.


    Relief is available on products 'designed or adapted for the disabled'. An off the shelf PC wouldn't count but "computer software designed specifically for disabled people" does.


    http://www.taxguideforstudents.org.uk/types-of-student/disabled-students/vat-reliefs-for-disabled-and-older-people
    Originally posted by antrobus
    It's a custom built pc but not all of it is adapted for disabled use, I mean I could purchase an off the shelf pc and install the zero vat software myself and it will be no different.

    But who am I to second guess an accountant right?
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