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My wife and myself,88yrs and 93 yrs respectively,have been

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My wife and myself,88yrs and 93 yrs respectively,have been granted Care Assistance Allowance.so that we can employ someone to do the housework that we can no longer do ourselves.
i have engaged a person through an Agency and I am very pleased with the result,but the Agency now want to charge VAT on top of the agreed hourly rate. Are they correct in this as I seem to remember reading that Vat was not chargeable under these circumstances. Am I right ?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Sam replied 1 year ago.

Thanks question, I am Sam and I am one of the UK tax experts here on Just Answer.
You are correct that VAT is NOT normally charged on the payment of home care services.
However if the care/assistance provided is NOT regulated by the Care Quality Commission then VAT is charged, and I would advise that you consider seeking alternative assistance.
I have added a link here of those covered by the Care Quality commission
http://www.cqc.org.uk/search/services/services-in-your-home?f[0]=im_field_services_in_your_home%3A3675
Or to talk to them advise and recommended services in your area telephone You can contact us at our England based National Customer Service Centre:
Telephone: 03000 616161
As you certainly do not want the little funding you receive to be eaten up with VAY charges
Thanks
Sam

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