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Old 09-10-2008, 15:49   #1 (permalink)
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Default Don't forget VAT situation for disabled

Don't know if this has been covered before, new to the forum.

Check out if buying new, if you are eligible for VAT free purchase.

Speak to the dealer, who should advise on this.

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Don't know if this has been covered before, new to the forum.
Check out if buying new, if you are eligible for VAT free purchase.
Speak to the dealer, who should advise on this.
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Hi,

It has been covered before I am sure, be very carefull as there are quite a few salesmen about who will push this aspect and you will end up in a very difficult situation.

It is NOT as simple as they make it out to be, fitting a grab handle does not qualify and making false declarations is very dodgy.

HM Customs have tightened up considerably over this exemption.

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Word of Warning for the unwise
I suggest you do your own research into eligibility as many dealers are shall we say stretching and or misrepresenting the facts to make the deal appear better than it would otherwise be
the rules are very strict and at the end of the day it is you who are signing the declaration and claiming the rebate not the dealerand it is you who will be hunted for any duties claimed incorrectly,
the mere possession of a disability badge by you or family member is Not good enough, the benefits are based purely on YOUR or FAMILY members disability and not all are eligible
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Hi,can a disabled person get a motorhome/campervan like they can get a mobility car for three years.
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Not sure about that but if you give our Gill Jones a call, she deals with that side.

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It`s a mine field out there when it comes to VAT,, dealers will tell you that all you need to do is bolt on a handrail or the like and the vehicle/caravan/motorhome has been especially adapted for a disabled person,, Not True.

The only way you can be VAT exempt is if the vehicle or whatever is for carrying a wheelchair bound or bedridden person and adaptions have been made to carry such IE ramps/hydraulic lifts/electric lifts etc.

Check out this web site, and when it comes up type in the search box top right hand corner..

Website of the UK government : Directgov

VAT relief on products and services for disabled people. (type these words exactly as I have written them)
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I have recently ordered a new motorhome, my dealer convinced me I was entitled to VAT exemption because I use a mobility scooter, all I would need is a letter from my GP confiming my disability.

I have research on the internet and contacted the VAT guideline, I now have doubts about my entitlement. I sent a recorded letter to my dealer outlining my doubts. Their written reply, I need to go back to my GP, Physitherapist or nurse to comfim that I am a wheelchair user. I have signed the declaration, but added see accompaning letter.

To cover my back, I have taken all my letter of correspondance (including order form) to my local inland revenue office and asked them for a decision, as I have liitle faith in my dealer.

H M Customs and Excise Form 701/59 Page 13 of declaration ' I am chronically sick or have a disabilng condition by reason of:' This is clearly explained in Form 701/7 VAT relief for people with disabilities, it would appear I am may be entitled under section 3:2:1 What does 'chronically sick or disabled' mean ?

with a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial adverse effect upon his/her ability to carryout everday activities.

My advice, if like me you are not a full time wheelchair user, go and see your local inland revenue office and ask for their advice and guidance.
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My disabled son who is 43 years old, and has more stainless steel in his right leg and a plate in his head,than you can imagine and is prone to epileptic fits if he should knock his head, can only walk a few hundred yards in any one time,,

And has the mental age of a 12 year old.

Does not use a wheelchair all the time...

Is not entitled to VAT exemption for a car or a caravan.. But can claim Nil road tax, and the full disability living allowance.

Please watch and make sure of the legal requirements, they can claw all the VAT back with interest..

A dealer will tell you anything to get a sale.. But a good one will guide you in the proper way,,

I will probably get a hydraulic lift type thing to get my son in the 5er when we buy one,, As he cannot manage stairs/steps to easy,, but even that does not make him/us VAT exempt..

To me the VAT system in this country stinks...

Sorry,,, rant over..
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