While getting an electric adjustable bed can make life easier for people with mobility problems, the cost can sometimes make the decision to buy a lot harder. However, to make the choice a bit more comfortable, there are tax relief and grants available that can help. In Ireland, there are two types of help available for those who wish to purchase an adjustable electric bed – the Mobility Aids Grant Scheme and VAT refunds on aids and appliances used by people with disabilities.
Mobility Aids Grant Scheme
Established to address some of the many mobility problems faced by people in their own home, the scheme is mainly for older people. However, people with disabilities can also apply. With up to €6,000 available for those who need it, this grant can help towards the cost of equipment which is necessary to live comfortably such as access ramps, stair-lifts, grab-rails and level access showers. Crucially, electric adjustable beds are also covered.
How to qualify
To qualify for the Mobility Aids Grant Scheme, your household income must be no more than €30,000. You can detract €5,000 from your income for each minor (under 18) living in the home or for any 18-23 year old in full time education. You also need not include any social welfare income other than job seekers benefit.
How to apply
To apply, all you have to do is download an application form from your local authority website, fill it in and send it to revenue. A list of local authority websites and their contact details is available within this list. Please note that when applying, you may require an assessment from your occupational therapist. However, if your application is successful, you will get €200 back to cover the cost of this assessment.
Refunds On Aids And Appliances Used By People With Disabilities
In Ireland, people who pay for aids and appliances that are for the exclusive use of a person with either a physical and mental disability, can, in some cases, claim the VAT back on purchases like an electric bed.
How to qualify
To qualify for VAT refunds on things like electric adjustable beds, you must be a resident of Ireland with a recognised disability that requires an aid or appliance to help with your daily activities. If that aid or appliance is rented, you are not eligible for a VAT refund. What’s more, if you did buy an electric adjustable bed, it must have been purchased within the last four years.
How to apply
To apply for a VAT refund on aids and appliances like adjustable beds, simply fill in this VAT 61A form. Then attach supporting documentation like the invoice for your adjustable bed and, if it was imported, the receipt for VAT paid at importation. If you bought your bed on higher purchase, you will need to supply a copy of the agreement and the invoice. Then, simply send everything to: Central Repayments Office, Office of the Revenue Commissioners, M: TEK II Building, Armagh Road, Monaghan, Ireland.
Our experts are here to help you get a good night’s sleep
With up to €6,000 available under the Mobility Aids Grant Scheme and full VAT back under VAT refunds on aids and appliances used by people with disabilities, there is a lot to gain by applying. However, there is also a lot to do and understand.
So, if you need any help whatsoever, simply contact our expert Mary Rose at Adjustable Beds Specialists on 062 46900 or get more information in our handy Adjustable Beds Brochure.