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Our VAT Number: GB 438 2367 39

VAT is charged, where appropriate, to UK and European Union individuals and UK businesses (please note that 'business' in this context means any VAT registered entity). The current rate of VAT in the UK is 20% it is not charged on hardback books but is charged on downloadable books and webinars.

VAT will be charged at 20% for orders from and those shipped to EU businesses, unless that business supplies a Sales Tax Number (the equivalent of the UK VAT Registration Number). Without a valid ST numbers any EU business will be treated as an individual and charged VAT accordingly.

Orders from the Rest of The World will be charged 0% VAT.

VAT Exemption Under certain conditions some of the products from our on-line shop can be purchased VAT free, in other words, they may be exempt from VAT. This is because the UK government provides some special rules that we can apply when these conditions are met. These rules apply to individuals with disabilities who are buying products designed solely for those with that disability, for their own personal use. The rule also applies to charities (including non-profit schools and educational institutions) who are buying a product that has been designed specifically for people with disabilities if the product is for use by an individual with that disability.

Dyslexia, for VAT purposes, can be a disability if it has a substantial long-term adverse effect on a person's ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. This includes reading, writing, remembering and studying.

HMRC state that there are 3 conditions that must be met for us to supply to you products at a zero rate of VAT.

These are:

  • You declare that you (or the person for whom you are purchasing the products on behalf of) are disabled.
  • The products that you are purchasing are eligible to be supplied at a zero rate of VAT. (In reality very few products listed in the BDA Store are eligible.
  • The products that you are purchasing are being supplied to you (or the person for whom you are purchasing the products on behalf of) for personal use only.

How do I make a claim for Exemption? In order for us to supply goods exempt from VAT you must complete and sign our VAT Exemption Form. Please send an email to direct asking for the form and it will be posted to you. You must then send the completed form together with your order by post or by email to to: British Dyslexia Association Store, Unit 6, Bracknell Beeches, Old Bracknell Lane, BRACKNELL, RG12 7BW. Without this form we are unable to grant exemption and any VAT will be charged where appropriate. Please do not order on line if you require VAT relief from us.

What if I am unsure whether I am eligible for relief? If you are in any doubt as to whether you are able to sign the declaration and obtain the relief, you should contact HM Revenue and Customs National Advice Service on 0845 010 9000 and seek their guidance. It is advised that potential claimants should see HM Revenue & Customs Reference: Notices: 701/7/2002 Reliefs of Disabled People, 701/1/95 Charities and 701/30/2002 Education and Vocational Training.