Re: [BCAB] Question regarding Apple i phone and VAT exemptionfor blindperson R DAVIES 20 Nov 2012 19:41 GMT

Hi Steve

Many  thanks and it does seem to be less than crystal clear!

I plan to try the Apple store in Covent Garden in London first, as they are
reported to be willing to allow VAT exemption for us.

I will let all know what happens once I have tried them out.

Regards
Robin

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces@lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Steven
Bingham
Sent: 20 November 2012 17:11
To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Question regarding Apple i phone and VAT exemptionfor
blindperson

If Apple or any other supplier will not give you the VAT exemption and you
feel entitled to it then you should turn to HM Revenue & Customs. They
administer VAT and are the only body that can grant exemption. I have been
looking at their site and can find nothing specific about the iPhone.
However, the clause under which an exemption might be granted seems to
suggest that the item must have been designed or adapted specifically for a
disabled person. So it would seem to depend upon whether Apple claim to have
built-in the accessibility features specifically for disabled people or
whether they have just designed it that way. The instructions and guidance
issued by Apple seems to suggest that the features have been designed with
disabled people in mind so perhaps the devices can be exempted from VAT.

The Panasonic TVs would seem to fall into the same category.

Steve

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces@lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Jackie
Cairns
Sent: 20 November 2012 11:39
To: robindavies18@yahoo.co.uk; 'BCAB Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Question regarding Apple i phone and VAT exemption for
blindperson

Hi Robin

This seems to be a very grey area.  Some say you can get VAT exemption, and
others not.  Indeed, I saw someone post to a different list, to which I am
not subscribed, stating they had contacted Apple officially, and was told
categorically that no VAT exemption is permitted on any product.  I think it
seems to depend on where you shop, and who you get on the day.

Good luck.

Kind Regards,

Jackie Cairns

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces@lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of R DAVIES
Sent: 19 November 2012 16:57
To: bcab@lists.bcab.org.uk
Subject: [BCAB] Question regarding Apple i phone and VAT exemption for
blindperson

Hi list

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

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

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

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

Regards

Robin

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