[BCAB] VAT

George Bell george at techno-vision.co.uk
Fri Aug 12 11:26:40 BST 2016


Hi Steve,

As a supplier, I'm very nervous about this too.  I'd rather see some actual, official HMRC documentation which a local or regional VAT inspector cannot argue with.

As I read things now, a Registered Blind person could walk into a computer or phone shop, show their form, and expect Zero Rated VAT provided the selected device has Narrator or Voiceover installed at time of purchase.  Who is to know it's not for their sighted partner or even a friend?

George

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Steve Nutt
Sent: 12 August 2016 10:47
To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [BCAB] VAT

Hi Andrew,

Here's another slant on it:-

http://www.bataonline.org/news-events/Breakthrough-on-VAT

Still not sure I believe it though, because none of this can easily be substantiated.

For example, while they give a person at HMRC, they do not give her Email address.

As you were for the moment.

All the best

Steve

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Andrew Hodgson
Sent: 12 August 2016 10:25
To: BCAB Discussion List <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [BCAB] VAT

Hi,

That is very interesting.  All new Windows and Mac systems come with pre-loaded screen readers, as do most mobile phones and tablets.  Does that mean they could be 0-rated?

Reading between the lines, it looks like one needs to get a certificate before selling this type of equipment at 0-rated VAT.  That pushes us back into the area of specialist companies selling complete packages so they can sell the system as 0-rated.

YMMV of course...

Andrew.
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From: Bcab [bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] on behalf of Agent Orange via Bcab [bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk]
Sent: 12 August 2016 10:18
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Cc: Agent Orange
Subject: [BCAB] VAT

I forward below the text of an email I have just received.  I know nothing more than is said in the email and cannot vouch for its accuracy, but I thought others might be interested none the less.

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Breakthrough on VAT for Visually Impaired users.

Thousands of assistive systems will be free of VAT thanks to a ruling by HMRC. Mobile phones and computers will be zero-rated for VAT if they are preloaded with software designed solely for the use of disabled people, says HMRC. The decision follows lengthy discussions with HMRC and a VAT tribunal.

At present only old-style desktop systems with processor, keyboard and monitor are able to be zero-rated. Clarification is being sought to determine if the ruling also applies to tablet computers.


HMRC recommends suppliers obtain a declaration of eligibility from each disabled person that they supply systems to.  The suggested template for this can be found on the Government website at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vat-reliefs-for-disabled-people-e
ligibility-declaration-by-a-disabled-person
<https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vat-reliefs-for-disabled-people-
eligibility-declaration-by-a-disabled-person>

Information given to me from SITE e-mail contact.
http://www.sitescotland.org/ <http://www.sitescotland.org/>

Derek Young: Glasgow 'Playback' magazine




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