VAT Relief

Getting VAT relief on your stairlift

If you’re disabled or have a long-term illness, you won’t be charged VAT on products designed or adapted for your own personal or domestic use. Also, you won’t be charged VAT on:

  • the installation and any extra work needed as part of this
  • repairs or maintenance
  • spare parts or accessories
On completion of the stairlift installation, we will require you to sign our VAT relief declaration on our invoice. 

If you have any questions regarding VAT relief, please feel free to get to touch - 0800 999 2778.
Please click the link to see the HMRC help-sheet on VAT relief.
HMRC Help-sheet

What counts as a long-term illness or disability?

For VAT purposes, you have a disability or long-term illness if you meet any of the following conditions:

You have a physical or mental impairment which has a long-term and substantial adverse effect upon your ability to carry out everyday activities

You have a condition that the medical profession treats as a long-term illness, such as diabetes

You are terminally ill

So, you won't qualify if you're elderly but otherwise able-bodied, or if you're only temporarily disabled such as having a broken leg.

Which conditions are considered to be long-term illnesses?

You're eligible for the VAT relief if you have one of the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma 
  • Blind
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • COPD
  • Deafness
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Kidney Disease
  • Motor Neurone Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Physically Disabled
  • Stroke
  • Terminally Ill
  • Osteoporosis
  • Other
This list covers just a few of the illnesses that are classed as a chronic or long term condition. If you are unsure if your condition is classed as a chronic illness, please consult your medical advisor.

I am registered as disabled. Does this mean I am automatically exempt from VAT?

No. There is no blanket exemption from VAT for disabled people.

What counts as personal or domestic use?

Personal or domestic use means that the goods or services are supplied for your own private use, rather than for business purposes.

Also, the goods or services must be just for your own use - not for use by anyone else, or for use by a group of chronically sick or disabled people in general.

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