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HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

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

 To comply with HM Custom and Excise rules 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 well worth checking!. Some offices will issue you a form to keep to fill in when you have chosen your instrument.

Step 2: Talk to Prozone Music 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 advice 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. PLEASE NOTE: Prices on our web site are INCLUDING VAT, so you can deduct 20% (as at 2011) to find out the price you will eventually pay.

Step 3: Go back to the school or County Music Service and inform them that you have chosen your instrument and it is on hold at Prozone Music. If you were issued with an AIPS form, fill it in with the instrument and student information 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.

Step 3: The School or County Music Service will then issue an invoice to you MINUS the VAT at the point of collection. Most School and County Music service offices take around a week to process these orders, so you shouldnt have to wait too long. The instrument is then YOURS!! - CONGRATULATIONS ON BEATING THE TAX MAN!!!!

Step 4: Tell your friends!!! - Obviously, the government don't publicise the Assisted Purchase Scheme very well as it costs them the VAT, so pass on the good news!!!

 JUST SO YOU KNOW!!:

There are two issues which often arise concerning the Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme:

 Firstly, many LEA Schools ask if the scheme is really legal and surprisingly have never been made aware of the AIP Scheme - So you never know, you may be the first to ask. Please refer them to us if they would like to discuss the scheme - The anwser is ofcourse Yes! The scheme is an official goverment initiative and 100% legal!

 

Secondly, parents of children attending Independent Schools often ask if their children can be eligible for the scheme. Yes, there are various ways of being eligable for the scheme. Give us a call to discuss options if this applies to you!

 

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