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Paying VAT on glasses? :(

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Lord-Jaffa, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. Lord-Jaffa


    Joined: Jul 29, 2004

    Posts: 4,156

    Location: Surrey

    So I just ordered some glasses online since i have a new perscription and was a bit miffed to see the VAT was almost a tenner for them.

    Why on earth is VAT added to things like glasses? If you don't have to pay it on food, why should it be paid on other essentials like glasses and contact lenses? :/

    Just a bit of a rant really after a rubbish week at work :p
  2. RDM


    Joined: Feb 1, 2007

    Posts: 19,256

    Because being able to see is a luxury....oh hang on...
  3. Vonhelmet


    Joined: Jun 28, 2005

    Posts: 46,215

    Location: On the hoods

    Was it just on the frames? Was it at only 5%? Can't remember the right rate for glasses - assume they count as... medicine? Will check my legislation when I get home, assuming someone doesn't beat me to it.
  4. Dugganator

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 7, 2006

    Posts: 1,780

    were they designer glasses :eek:
  5. 998cc


    Joined: Sep 4, 2003

    Posts: 3,350

    Location: Shrewsbury

    Thats the UK for you. Tax on basically everything.
  6. jamief


    Joined: Sep 23, 2005

    Posts: 5,220

    Location: Dundee

    No, that is the developed world for you :(
  7. Lord-Jaffa


    Joined: Jul 29, 2004

    Posts: 4,156

    Location: Surrey

    From the receipt its 15% vat!

    Shouldn't be paying any VAT at all on essentials like these, its rediculous :/
  8. MrMoonX


    Joined: Dec 31, 2007

    Posts: 10,040

    i didnt think u paid vat on glasses, seems a bit poor if you do as they are hardly a luxury item
  9. platypus


    Joined: Jul 25, 2003

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    Location: Rhône-Alpes+Cambridge

  10. snail1


    Joined: Dec 4, 2003

    Posts: 603

    I thought some food have VAT on it and some did not, depending if it was a staple or a luxury. Is that right?
  11. Jez


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 30,913

    Perhaps it is only levied on luxury frames? How does it work with what my mother would call "NHS glasses"?
  12. Chabsy


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 646

    Location: London

    I wont be paying vat on glasses, is this the thread with the eel stuck up the blokes arse
  13. Stuff

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 20, 2009

    Posts: 2,395

    Holy thread revival Batman!

    Does anyone know if VAT is still paid on glasses?
  14. Surveyor


    Joined: Sep 5, 2010

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    Location: Back in the saddle

  15. D.P.


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 26,271

    I believe the lenses were not taxed, the designer frames were taxed.
    I don't know if there are some tax free basic frames you can buy.
    If you want something fancy, or want fancy extras like the auto tinting stuff then these are luxuries and also taxed.

    It is kind of like clothes. Basic clothing shouldn't attract VAT but expensive designer jeans, shoes, suits, football etc should be taxed. However, it is difficult to not apply VAT to a 2 quid t-short from primark but to tax a fancy football shirt. Due to this everything just gets taxed.

    The only solution i see is have certain values for clothes/glasses that are tax free. So, e.g. the first 5quid of a t-short has no tax, 2 pounds for underwear, 30 pounds for shoes. Everything over these kinds of values gets 20% VAT so unbranded basics are tax free or low tax, and 300 pounds shoes are heavily taxed.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2014
  16. D.P.


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 26,271

    Unprocessed food is tax free, processed food is taxed.

    So fruit, vegetables, meat, flour, sugar etc are tax free.
    Chocolates, crisps, microwave food, frozen pizzas, soda are all taxed.
  17. joey1211


    Joined: Dec 28, 2003

    Posts: 2,717

    Location: Aberwristwatch

    LOL, WAT? Can't believe this went unanswered.
  18. TheBDog

    Wise Guy

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  19. Burned_Alive


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 11,200

    Location: Cheshire

    VAT is obviously on the frames only, as they're a luxury. If you weren't so lazy you could just hold the lenses in front of your eyes yourself.
  20. mattyfez


    Joined: Apr 12, 2007

    Posts: 7,796

    Yeh lenses and frames are charged for separately, I think you can get 'NHS' frames which are pretty much free, I remember you could spot the kids at school with them pretty easily lol.

    A 200 Prada frame is obviously a luxury item.

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