Zero – rated VAT introduced for incontinence products

Posted on September 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

From 1st October, individuals purchasing incontinence products will no longer have to pay VAT. Previously, people could only benefit from this zero rated VAT if they provided a written declaration of their entitlement when they made each purchase ­ something which many people were understandably reluctant to do. They will now be able to purchase these products, with no VAT, at any till in any supplying retail outlet. Retailers as well as purchasers are expected to benefit from the change, since they will no longer have to operate two different charging systems for the same products. Supplies of eligible incontinence products over the Internet or by mail order also qualify for VAT relief providing they are made to individuals and not institutions. Customs expect retailers, Internet and mail order suppliers to have a signed declaration, or other supporting evidence, that the supply is to an incontinent individual and not to an institution such as a nursing home. One company which welcomed the changes was SCA H

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