VAT and Zero Rating 2017-01-06T15:49:59+00:00

paynovatWe can supply some (mainly wireless) hearing aid accessories free of VAT to UK customers if certain conditions are met.

(Customers outside the UK please refer to the notes at the bottom of this page).

If the equipment is to be for personal use only (no business element), you reside in the UK and you can confirm this before shipment, we can zero rate the products supplied.

We MUST have the VAT Declaration completed before we ship. The UK rate of VAT is currently 20%.

If a product can potentially be supplied free of VAT it will be indicated on the individual product listing, if you see no such indication the product is always supplied including VAT.

Please read carefully the text below which states your potential eligibility simply;

  • As a hearing impaired person your disability has a long-term and substantial adverse effect upon ability to carry out everyday activities
  • The goods are for domestic or personal use – ‘domestic or personal’ use means that the supply must be made available specifically for the use of an eligible individual. (Excluded from the terms ‘domestic’ or ‘personal’, and not eligible for VAT relief include goods and services used for business purposes for instance.
  • The goods and services are eligible to be supplied at the zero rate – please note certain wireless accessories and NOT the supply of hearing aids / batteries / other accessories are included in this rule.

There is no requirement for you to be registered as disabled, you must simply complete the declaration form below that you suffer from hearing impairment and that the equipment you are purchasing is for personal use only.


VAT Declaration

Eligibility Declaration By Disabled Person For Zero Rated VAT Supply. Please note there are penalties for making false declarations!

If you are in any doubt as to whether you are eligible to receive goods or services zero-rated for VAT you should consult Notice 701/7 VAT reliefs for disabled people or contact the HMRC National Advice Service on 0845 302 0203 before completing the declaration.

Your full name (with full name of recipient in brackets if you are completing for another person)*

Your email address*

Full address inc. postcode*

Name of product(s) to be supplied*

I am entitled to zero rated VAT supply (Please confirm)*



Having trouble with the VAT Declaration?

If for any reason you are having trouble with the form above you can download a form – click here to print off and complete a VAT Declaration – you can then scan and email the completed form to us or even pop it in the post.

The form above is very quick and easy though, it takes less than a minute!

N.B. If you select payment of the lower Zero Rated price on a potentially eligible product and do not supply us with the required declaration your order WILL be delayed until we either receive the declaration or balance of funds.

Once we have confirmation of your eligibility for this concession we will store your declaration on file for future potential VAT inspection.

If you are unsure or need clarification please email us.


Outside the UK?

We are occasionally asked by customers outside the UK to supply goods minus VAT and nearly always it is not practical or cost effective to do this, but below is some information to clarify;

European Union excluding UK – For Personal Customers – VAT is always included, there are no exceptions. For Business Customers – Goods can be supplied to a business outside the UK and within the European Union with no VAT added if we are supplied with your EC VAT registration number including the 2 letter country prefix code. N.B. We MUST send goods ordered via courier with a full record of delivery to the address outside UK and inside the EU to comply with VAT exemption rules, this shipping method has to be built into the cost of supply and can be quite costly, therefore is only worth considering when ordering large volumes of product. In the case of hearing aid batteries we would consider an appropriate amount a multiple of 6000 cells. If you think you might benefit from this you would need to email us your requirements for a quotation. We would consider each case on individual merit and would take into account the weight and value of the products shipped vs. the courier costs.

Rest of World excluding European Union – Personal and Business Customers – We can ship goods worldwide outside the EU with no VAT element but tend not to. Here is why; To do that we have to send the goods by courier with tracking and proof of delivery to a specific overseas address. However the high cost of a courier service compared to our normal shipping method (which we can not absorb and must pass on to you) tends to only make high value sales of multiple items into hundreds of £££ GBP cost effective for you as a purchaser to be supplied in this way. (Our normal shipping method is either Standard Airmal or Royal Mail International Signed For). As a rough rule of thumb the goods purchased need to be in excess of £500.00 GBP before it starts to become viable for you / us to consider this. If you think you may fall into this category by all means contact us for a quote detailing the goods required and we will advise if it is viable and cost effective to supply less VAT taking into account the cost of a courier service that you will have to pay.