1. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    9,302
    Female
    South coast
    I want to buy some shoes for mum who, as well as having mobility problems from her Alz, has very swollen feet and ankles from heart failure/kidney failure (not sure which is causing the problem).
    Does anyone know whether she would be eligible for VAT tax relief?
     
  2. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
    18,272
    Male
    North Manchester
    Depends whether the shoes are just a large size from a normal supplier or some kind of special shoe from a supplier of items for disabled people.
     
  3. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    9,302
    Female
    South coast
    They are from a company who specialises in shoes for swollen feet.
     
  4. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
    18,272
    Male
    North Manchester
    Ask them if they will accept a VAT declaration.
     
  5. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    9,302
    Female
    South coast
    They say that they give VAT tax relief, but I wasnt sure if mum is eligible. Ive gone for this company as mum cant get normal shoes (even wide ones ) on. Its the first time I have done this. Do you know what makes someone eligible?
     
  6. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
    18,272
    Male
    North Manchester
    If, as you say, her feet are swollen as a result of 'heart failure/kidney failure' and not just large feet I would consider VAT exemption to be appropriate.
     
  7. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
    58,696
    Female
    Dundee
    This site says disabled or long term illness.

    https://www.gov.uk/financial-help-disabled/vat-relief

    It's long term illness I have used when ordering stuff for Bill. Usually I have just had to put Alzheimers on an online form and tick the appropriate box at check out.
     
  8. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    9,302
    Female
    South coast
    Ah, thats really helpful nitram and izzy.
    I shall tick the VAT tax relief box :)
     
  9. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
    39,418
    If it's cosyfeet, which I suspect it is, you simply state it as you go through the check-out. There's a drop-down which has various conditions listed (including other) but in your place I would select oedema (which means swelling, and which applies here).
     
  10. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    9,302
    Female
    South coast
    You are quite right jennifer - it is cosyfeet. I didnt know if I was allowed to say the name. :D
     
  11. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
    39,418
    It's fine (provided you don't actually own or are employed by Cosyfeet :D)
     

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