VAT on PPE to be donated to healthcare charities

Released 21 May 2020

The Government has announced that VAT collected on donated personal protective equipment (PPE) will be given to charities supporting the NHS and care workers.

The Government has introduced a temporary zero rate of VAT on PPE to reduce costs for care homes and businesses buying the essential equipment during the COVID-19 emergency.

The amount to be donated to charity will therefore reflect the VAT collected on donations made from 1 March until 30 April 2020, which is the period between PPE donations starting and when the zero VAT rate became effective.

For further details, see HMT’s news story Government to give VAT from donated PPE to healthcare charities.

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