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Re: [BCAB] Question regarding Apple i phone and VAT exemption for blindperson Carr, Matthew (20 Nov 2012 08:57 GMT)

Re: [BCAB] Question regarding Apple i phone and VAT exemption for blindperson Carr, Matthew 20 Nov 2012 08:57 GMT

Hi Robin

The Apple store are wrong!  The classification from HMRC covers a
product that contains the zoom and voice over.  This falls under

Certain types of auditory aids
Certain types of low vision aids

It is also down to the HMRC to make a final decision.  You will need to
sign a declaration that states you are disabled and the product you are
purchasing is for personal and domestic use.  If the HMRC don't agree
then they will come chasing you for the 20%

Here is the link to the HMRC page that details all of the rellevant

If you need any other assistance please let me know

Kind Regards

Matthew Carr
Digital Accessibility Assistant
RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People)

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [] On Behalf Of R DAVIES
Sent: 19 November 2012 16:57
Subject: [BCAB] Question regarding Apple i phone and VAT exemption for

Hi list

I recall some messages confirming that VAT would not be charged for
products with VO for blind purchasers.

As I am thinking of making the switch to an I phone I called the Apple
in Westfield White City to check this.

The staff member said all Apple products with VO were VAT exempt for
and VI persons apart from the I phone!! I was surprised but wanted to
with the list before challenging this.

Has anyone purchased an I phone recently and managed to get VAT exempted
the Apple store?



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