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VAT on diabetes related items (was) [IPk] Skin Tac

Everyone should be aware that items used in treatment of a "chronic" illness
or condition are zero rated for VAT.  Diabetes counts as a chronic condition
under the rules. Therefore if you purchase Skin Tac or for that matter any
item used in conjunction with the treatment of you Diabetes (e.g. ANY pump or
cgm-related item) it should be zero rated. Some sellers require you to fill in
a declaration (sometimes this can be done online) to the effect that you
suffer from a chronic condition. I know if you purchase stuff from FRIO, you
have to send or email them a copy of the VAT declaration.

If you import any item worth more than around #20 from outside the EU you may
be charged VAT (and a #8 handling fee by Royal Mail). You can avoid this by
having the sender attach the appropriate VAT/chronic condition declaration. If
you do get charged, you can claim the VAT and the handling fee back.

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