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VAT Relief on Bathroom Products Explained

VAT relief is available on many of the products in our bathroom range, but it is not automatically given as there are several requirements for VAT relief on these items.
As stated in HMRC Notice 707/1 VAT Relief for Disabled People, supplies of goods and services are only zero rated when all of the following conditions are met:
  • The customer is eligible to purchase supplies at the zero rate
  • The goods are for the personal or domestic use of the customer
  • The goods and services are eligible to be supplied at the zero rate

There is no requirement for bathroom sanitary ware to be designed ‘solely for disabled person’s use’. Therefore, any goods that are necessary for a bathroom to function can be zero rated, however this excludes bathroom accessories such as vanity units, mirrors, towel rails and toilet roll holders.

The eligibility declaration is a two-part form, requiring completion by both the customer and the installer of the goods. This information is necessary for VAT audit purposes.

A customer can only purchase zero rated bathroom material when they can show that a paid professional installation of that material is taking place, which is why a schedule of works or estimate from the tradesman undertaking the work is the necessary evidence required before any such material can be zero rated.

A grab rail can only be zero rated when installed at the same time as qualifying building work (adaptation of a bathroom for disabled person’s use) was being carried out in a bathroom.

Commode stools/chairs or devices with warm air drier and bidet jet incorporated, frames or other devices to help sitting on or rising from a sanitary device can be zero rated.

Portable/mobile shower seats not fixed/installed as part of a qualifying bathroom will need to be ‘designed solely for disabled use’ in order to be zero rated.

The products in our bathroom range that can be purchased immediately with VAT relief display the VAT symbol on the relevant product page. To discuss the VAT on other bathroom products, please email us via our CONTACT PAGE.

Please note that claims for refunding the VAT on an order, can only be refunded within 180 days from the date of the original order.

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