VAT Relief

What is VAT Relief?

VAT, or Value Added Tax, is a tax you pay as a consumer when you buy goods or services in the European Union, including in the United Kingdom. Wide Shoes Limited charges the standard rate of VAT on usual purchases. Individuals who are chronically ill or have a medical condition relating to their feet can make a claim for VAT Relief when they purchase footwear that has been designed for people with extra wide fitting feet and is solely for their own ‘personal and domestic use’. This means that they can pay the retail price without VAT being included. Only products displayed on our website which offer the option “Are you eligible for VAT Relief?” at checkout stage are available to buy with VAT Relief.

Can I claim VAT Relief?

Individuals who are chronically ill or have a medical condition relating to their feet can claim VAT Relief on products shown with the “Are you eligible for VAT Relief?” at the checkout. A person is deemed as such if they:

  • Have a physical or mental impairment that has a long-term affect on their ability to carry out everyday activities
  • Have a condition that doctors treat as a chronic sickness (like diabetes, for example)
  • Are terminally ill.

A person with a temporary injury, such as a broken leg, would not qualify for VAT Relief. Nor would a frail older person who is otherwise well and not disabled.

The following conditions may also qualify for VAT Relief in some circumstances:

  • Arthritis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Oedema
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke

If you’re not sure if you qualify, please ask your GP as we are not able to give medical opinions.

By completing our VAT Relief Declaration, you are agreeing to these terms and that you are claiming relief from Value Added Tax under Group 12 of Schedule 8 of the Value Added Tax Act 1994.

How do I claim VAT Relief?

When ordering online, only shoes which are size 5E (EEEEE+) or above are eligible for VAT Relief. You will need to fill out the VAT Declaration Form at Checkout and are bound by the above declaration.

Wide Shoes Limited store this data securely within our website and are required to share this information with HMRC should they request it.

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