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VAT relief on hormone tablets for transgender

Hormone VAT relief

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I have a VAT registered client who is in the process of going from male to female and is on hormones.  She made a comment to me that she believes she can get VAT relief, or at least claim input tax, on the hormones she buys.  I've heard of VAT relief for certain disabled purchases but not for this.

I'd be extremely grateful if anyone could advise me if this is true or not and if it is, could you please point me to the correct VAT notice dealing with this.

Many thanks.

 

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By Portia Nina Levin
20th Oct 2016 11:07

What VAT?

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By mrme89
20th Oct 2016 11:38

I think what Portia is getting at, is that the treatment should be exempt from VAT, and so your client should never have been charged it.

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By Portia Nina Levin
20th Oct 2016 12:00

I was not suggesting that it was exempt.

I was suggesting that the hormones are probably dispensed by a pharmacist on the strength of a prescription from a medical professional, such that the supply is within item 1 of Group 12 of Schedule 8.

THAT IS SCHEDULE 8 MRME89!!

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By JRVA
20th Oct 2016 18:18

She may now be getting hormones via prescription, but for a while she was purchashing them privately. I believe she is now going through the NHS and not through a trip to Thailand, thank goodness. I will double check on what she has paid for as I thought, like you stated, that the purchase of hormones would have been VAT exempt. Thanks for your input.

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By nadzaf112
23rd Oct 2016 13:40

its Zero Rated (Both by prescription and by private )

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By mrme89
20th Oct 2016 11:53

Ah Schedule 8 … I was hung up on Schedule 9 Group 7. Forgive me, I’ve never been to Thailand.

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By Portia Nina Levin
20th Oct 2016 12:01

Phucket, you should go.

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By shaun king
20th Oct 2016 23:18

The purchase of hormones with no medical intervention will always be subject to VAT and if imported from Thailand still subject to VAT. It is only as Portia states Zero rating can apply when dispensed against a prescription issued by a registered Medical practioner.

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