Buy an Age UK adjustable bed VAT free

Are you exempt from paying VAT?

If you have a disability, you generally have to pay VAT on the things you buy. However, relief from paying VAT is available from Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on a limited range of goods and services for disabled people. These can include adjustable beds such as those from Age UK, that have been 'designed solely for disabled people'.

If you can declare all of the following…

  • you are 'chronically sick or disabled'
  • you are purchasing an adjustable bed to specifically assist with a disability
  • the bed is only for 'personal or domestic use'

…then you can reduce the cost of your Age UK bed purchase by 20%.

As well as being adjustable, a qualifying bed must have other specific features that distinguish it from an ordinary bed. This is true of all Age UK beds made by Theraposture as they include specialist powered functionality and design attributes that provide enhanced independence at home for users with a disability.    

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HMRC's definition of 'designed solely for disabled people'
This means that the original intention of the product's designer was to produce an appliance or equipment solely to meet the needs of people with one or more disabilities - this is true of Age UK beds.

HMRC's definition of 'chronically sick or disabled'
For VAT purposes, you are chronically sick or disabled if you have:

  • a physical or mental impairment which has a long term and substantial adverse effect upon your ability to carry out everyday activities
  • a condition which the medical profession treats as a chronic sickness (that's a long term health condition)
  • IMPORTANT – this definition does not include a person who is only temporarily disabled or incapacitated eg. with a broken limb or someone who is elderly but is not chronically sick or disabled.

HMRC's definition of 'personal or domestic use'
This means that the goods are made available specifically for the use of an individual disabled person.
The following are not 'personal' or 'domestic' uses and do not qualify for VAT relief:

  • goods used for business purposes
  • goods for an in-patient or out-patient of a hospital
  • goods for care of a resident within a nursing or care home

How do I apply for a VAT free Age UK bed made by Theraposture?

Theraposture and its Trusted Assessors can help you apply for VAT relief. They can provide guidance and advice along with a VAT exemption form for you to complete. Once signed, you will have declared your eligibility ensuring you do not have to pay VAT on an Age UK bed.

When buying an Age UK adjustable bed and looking for VAT relief, you do need HMRC's permission to declare that you are disabled or chronically sick. If you are not sure whether your condition means you are chronically sick or disabled, you may wish to consult your GP or other medical advisor.

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Age UK Adjustable Beds as provided by Theraposture Limited (registered company number 01649470, registered office: Kingdom Avenue, Northacre Industrial Park, Westbury, Wilshire, BA13 4WE). Theraposture Limited works in association with Age UK Trading CIC, a commercial services arm and wholly owned subsidiary of Age UK (registered charity number 1128267). Age UK Adjustable Beds is a product name of Age UK Trading CIC. Theraposture Limited uses the name 'Age UK' under licence. Age UK Trading CIC, registered company number: 01102972, registered office: Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9NA. During 2015/16, Theraposture Limited will raise a minimum of £85,000 through the promotion and sale of adjustable beds for Age UK Trading CIC.