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I have a club foot I have to buy two pairs of shoes of different

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I have a club foot I have to buy two pairs of shoes of different sizes. I then have to have orthopaedic adaptations done to one of the shoes. Can I claim exemption from VAT when buying shoes and how do I go about it?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  TaxRobin replied 2 years ago.
Hello,Unfortunately, goods that are designed for use by disabled and non-disabled people alike can't be bought VAT free. Goods that are bought to be used by or that are mainly bought by disabled people can't be bought without VAT unless they're designed solely for use by disabled people.For example, general purpose equipment such as a laptop, an air conditioning device, a reclining chair or an orthopaedic bed might benefit a disabled person but can't be bought VAT free because they're not designed solely for use by a disabled person. The shoes you purchase would not be solely designed for a disabled person. I sincerely ***** ***** could advise differently but I have not found an exception for your specific situation.