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Is a laptop computer bought by a University student as an essential

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Is a laptop computer bought by a University student as an essential part of his studies exempt from VAT and, if so, how is the transaction dealt with?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  TaxRobin replied 2 years ago.
Hello and thank you for allowing me to assist you.
While there are many items that are VAT exempt a student purchasing a laptop as part of expense for study is not.
If goods/services are to be purchased by the university for the direct use of the students from another ‘eligible body’ for an educational purpose, VAT exemption may be claimed but by the university.
Where goods and services are supplied by an education provider who is an:
eligible body
They are exempt if they qualify as closely related
non-eligible body
they are standard-rated unless relief is available elsewhere.
If you were to go to a supplier of electronics and purchase the laptop that is not the same as purchasing from the university.