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VAT Free Scheme



VAT FREE purchases are available under the 'Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme'. Students must be attending lessons or an ensemble at a place of education that is participating in the assisted instrument purchase scheme. Most state schools with musical activities and all London Borough and  County Music Services participate.

 To comply with HM Customs and Excise rules of the following criteria must be satisfied:

The student must be in full time education at an LEA School.

The student must be receiving music tuition at the School/Music Centre.

The instrument must be appropriate for the student's needs.

The instrument must be portable.

The instrument must change hands on Educational premises.

 Step 1: Contact the school or music service that the pupil attends and check that they are participating in the assisted purchase scheme and find out what, if any, administration charges they apply. Some (usually schools) have a flat administration charge of £10. On lower value goods, this can sometimes be greater than the saving of VAT so it’s worth checking! Some offices will issue you a form to fill in when you have chosen your instrument.

Step 2: Talk to us about your instrument. Either give us a call, drop us an email or alternatively come along and choose your instrument with the help of our expert staff to make sure you are making the right purchase. Once you have chosen your instrument, it is put aside so you receive the exact instrument that you chose at the shop. Phil Parker ltd. will provide you with an official quotation containing all the details required to administrate the purchase. PLEASE NOTE: Prices on our web site are INCLUDING VAT, you can remove the VAT from the purchase price to find out what you will pay. VAT is 20% up from the Ex VAT figure so to remove the VAT divide the inclusive of VAT figure by 1.2

Step 3: Go back to the school or County Music Service and inform them that you have chosen your instrument and it is reserved at Phil Parker ltd. If you were issued with an AIPS form, fill it in using the information on the quotation and return it to the School / Music School office. They will then issue a purchase order to us, at which point your instrument is released and usually sent to the school office or music service supply office for your collection.

PLEASE NOTE: Second-hand instruments are not eligible for the AIPS scheme.

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