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VAT (Value Added Tax) Exemption

Zero rated VAT on walking sticks (UK only)

Classic Canes Limited would like to clarify which of our walking sticks may be sold at the zero rated VAT (Value Added Tax) rate by our account holders and to which of their customers. 

Our understanding of the current position of HM Revenue & Customs on the zero VAT rating ofgoods and services bought by disabled people is as follows: 

1. The customer must be eligible to purchase supplies at the zero rate
2. The goods are for the personal or domestic use of the customer
3. The goods and services are eligible to be supplied at the zero rate i.e. have been designed solely for the use of a disabled person.

A standard crook or derby walking stick is therefore not eligible to be supplied at the zero rate. Only walking sticks that have been "designed solely for use by a disabled person" may be sold at the zero rate, as long as the customer is a disabled person. People who are not disabled can still buy these items, but they will need to pay the VAT.

The following canes from Classic Canes are therefore eligible to be sold at the zero rate to disabled people:

1748 - ‘Jumbo’ heavy duty, extra long derby cane
1762L & R - Left and right handed Relax grip height adjustable cane
1768L & R - Left and right handed Atlas Fischer cane
1769L & R - Left and right handed Relax grip cane
1774 - Goliath extra-large beech derby cane
1775L & R - left and right handed Hero extra-large anatomic cane
1800 - Dr Cane swivel stick
1903R - Right handed Relax grip cane
1906L & R - Left and right handed Fischer adjustable cane
1907L & R - Left and right handed folding Fischer adjustable cane
1908L & R - Left and right handed folding anatomic cane
3506 - White derby walking stick
3551L & R - Left and right handed wooden anatomic cane
3556L & R - Left and right handed orthopaedic walking stick
3574L & R - Left and right handed orthopaedic walking stick
3600 - ‘Hercules’ heavy duty, extra long derby cane
3601L & R - Left and right handed orthopaedic walking stick
4076L & R - Left and right handed orthopaedic folding walking stick
4077L & R - Left and right handed orthopaedic folding walking stick
4078L & R - Left and right handed orthopaedic extending walking stick
4080L & R - Left and right handed orthopaedic folding walking stick
4083 - Black quad cane
4091 - White folding walking stick
4609L & R - Left and right handed orthopaedic shock absorber extending stick
4622 - Ladies’ walking stick with shock-absorber
4623 - Gentleman’s walking stick with shock-absorber
4680L & R - Left and right handed orthopaedic folding walking stick
4682L & R - Left and right handed orthopaedic extending cane
4807 - 'Escort' handle orthopaedic extending cane
4808 - 'Escort' handle orthopaedic extending cane
4822 - ‘Help me Up’ quad cane
4825 - Black swan neck cane
5002L & R - Left and right handed orthopaedic folding walking stick
5301L & R - Left and right handed orthopaedic extending stick
5305 - Dropmenot cane holder

We have confirmation from the manufacturers of these products that they were designed solely for use by a disabled person. 

If you would like to discuss this further, please contact:

Charlotte Gillan,
Managing Director
Email Charlotte

Classic Canes Limited
Warren House
Hinton St George
Crewkerne 
Somerset  TA17 8TQ
England
Telephone: +44 (0)1460 75686
Fax: +44 (0)1460 78222

Further assistance from HM Revenue & Customs is available via its website www.hmrc.gov.uk

 

 

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Classic Canes Limited
Warren House
Hinton St George
Crewkerne
Somerset TA17 8TQ
England
Tel: +44 (0)1460 75686
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