Here at Sittingwell we are always looking for ways to improve our service. This article we are sure will be of great interest for many of you particularly with chronic problems that are relieved by back care products. By the end you should have a clear idea if you qualify for disability relief (VAT free) on your purchases.  You could be saving 20%!

We recently had an enquiry for a customer about a payment option we had not considered before. The customer called asking if we could offer VAT disability relief as we hadn’t done this before we looked into it and we could!

Not all products and services are eligible for the relief however if you are disabled or have a long-term illness, you can get the VAT removed from products designed to help your condition. In relation to chronic back pain this can include mattresses and mattress toppers, the recent enquiry was for a SitFit plus to be used at home for someone with Spina Bifida.

There are a few criteria that you must meet in order to qualify for VAT relief which are:

  • you must have a physical or mental impairment that affects your ability to carry out everyday activities, e.g. blindness, you are in a wheelchair.
  • you have a condition that’s treated as chronic sickness for example diabetes.
  • you are terminally ill.

It is important to note that you don’t qualify if you’re elderly but able-bodied, or if you are temporarily disabled.

Here is a link to the Government page about VAT relief for disability. It takes you through the criteria you have to meet to use this scheme and the types of products it applies for. If you feel you may qualify for VAT relief then please get in touch and we can discuss your situation further. Not all products are eligible for VAT Disability relief so we need to check first.

Once we know you qualify we can send you the relevant documents to sign and return and then provide you with the solution you need with the VAT amount removed.

We hope this information is helpful whether you buy from us or enquiring about other products to help make you life easier.