[BCAB] FW: Breakthrough on VAT for Visually Impaired users.

Richard Godfrey-McKay lists.godfrey-mckay at virginmedia.com
Sun Aug 14 18:17:18 BST 2016


While I understand your point of view, the sad fact seems to be that a high percentage of VI people live in poverty, and that appears to be related to their inability to find decently paid work.  

If this is so, then I think it is right that they be given every support to make their lives as comfortable as possible, and to minimise the effects of a disability which many people, and particularly those who have not been VI since an early age, find it very hard to cope with.  

My view is also influenced, to some extent, by the notion that electronic products are much more of a necessity to that group, in that they often allow VI people to do things which they could not do without those aids. 

Just my thoughts,
Richard Godfrey-McKay
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-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Iain Lackie
Sent: 14 August 2016 17:13
To: BCAB Discussion List
Subject: Re: [BCAB] FW: Breakthrough on VAT for Visually Impaired users.

It seems to me that there is too much special pleading by visually impaired people when it comes to questions of VAT zero rating. I would certainly never think of asking for zero rating on an iPhone merely because it has VoiceOver as part of the operating system. I would also take the same view with TalkBack and Android systems. If I were to use NVDA as my screenreader of choice, I would not expect the computer to be zero rated. I often think that many of us, especially those like myself who are congenitally blind, forget that sighted people also have to pay for the goods and services they use.


On 14/08/2016 15:16, Clive Lever wrote:
>  From NFB UK. I hadn't heard about this, but I imagine this could benefit quite a few of us.
> Best,
> Clive
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ted Herbert [mailto:tedherbert at mmt21.f9.co.uk]
> Sent: Sunday, August 14, 2016 10:19 AM
> To: Ted Herbert
> Subject: Breakthrough on VAT for Visually Impaired users.
> Hello London Branch email members,
> Please see the below VAT exemption information.
> Regards.
> Ted
> Email: tedherbert at mmt21.f9.co.uk
> 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-pe
> ople-eligibility-declaration-by-a-disabled-person
> The wording of the Form is as follows:- Note to customer You should 
> complete this declaration if you are ‘chronically sick or disabled’ and the goods or services are for your own personal or domestic use. A family member or carer can complete this on your behalf if you wish.
> You can find out more from the Helpsheets on the GOV.UK website or by telephoning the VAT Disabled Reliefs Helpline on Telephone: 0300 123 1073. HMRC staff cannot advise whether or not an individual is chronically sick or disabled.
> A person is ‘chronically sick or disabled’ if he or she is a person:
> § with a physical or mental impairment which has a long term and substantial adverse effect upon his or her ability to carry out everyday activities § with a condition which the medical profession treats as a chronic sickness.
> It does not include an elderly person who is not disabled or chronically sick or any person who is only temporarily disabled or incapacitated, such as with a broken limb.
> If you are unsure, you should seek guidance from your GP or other medical professional.
> Please give this completed form back to the supplier. They will keep it with their VAT records. Please do not send it to HMRC.
> 1.	(full name) ………………
> 2.	of (address) ………
> 3.	declare that I have the following disability or chronic sickness……………………………………………….………………………………………
> 4.	I am receiving the goods and/or services detailed overleaf, which are being supplied to me for domestic or my personal use and I claim relief from VAT.
> Signed ………………………………………………………………………… Date…………………………………………..
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