Dental appliances in UK and Ireland not eligible for tax exemption
MEDICAL ANTIQUE DENTAL ANIMALS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM ARE NOT COVERED BY THE CURRENT TAX DEBT COVERAGE, SAYS AN OLD ARTICLE.
A letter was sent to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills today by Dr. Paul Smith, director of the Royal College of General Practitioners.
He said that the dental products that were covered by the current tax-free threshold, were not covered by VAT and thus not subject to the UK’s general tax-exempt status.
The letter was issued by the Department on behalf of the Medical Anti-Quester Association.
The association is a non-profit trade group that lobbies on behalf on behalf and for medical professionals to protect dental products from VAT, and the industry is not represented in Parliament.
The Royal College is currently reviewing the situation and is hoping to be able to make a statement on Thursday, the group’s chair Dr. David Liddell told RTÉ News.
The tax-funded exemption to dental products is part of the Health Protection and Promotion Act 1997.
It gives medical practitioners the right to exempt the dental care of their patients from taxation and from VAT.
Dr. Smith said that, as a result, dental products were not subject in the current legislation to VAT.
He called for a clarification on this matter and a formal declaration by the Minister of State that dental products are not subject for tax-related purposes.
The Department of Health said it was unable to respond to questions as the matter was before the Courts.