Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme & VAT Free Sales
Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme (AIPS)
Many pupils at Local Education Authority (LEA) Schools are able to buy musical instruments without paying VAT. The AIPS (approved by H.M. Customs & Excise) allows schools to purchase instruments on behalf of pupils and claim back the 20% VAT. The pupil then pays the school the Ex-VAT price. The scheme is optional for LEA schools but more and more are now taking part.
It is worth noting that each school or music service will have their own administrative procedure for this service. We would recommend contacting your head of music or finance department to determine availability and criteria.
Retail Export Scheme
We offer VAT free sales to customer placing orders from outside the EEC, and VAT refunds for eligible non-EEC residents visiting the UK.
Prices of new instruments are inclusive of VAT at 20%.
Please contact us for further details.