- No VAT needs to be paid when buying a new instrument for your child!
- Available throughout England and Wales
- The scheme is run with the full approval of H.M. Customs & Excise
The Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme allows students to buy instruments without having to pay United Kingdom V.A.T. (20%).
Having chosen the instrument you wish to buy from our large range, you can ask your child’s LEA (Local Education Authority), school (including Academies) or Music Centre to order it on your behalf.
The school, Academy or Music Centre will then issue an official order to us and we will dispatch the instrument to your child’s school or Music Centre, from where you can collect it.
Payment will be made by you directly to the school, Academy or Music Centre. The LEA or school must sell the instrument to the student at or below cost, excluding VAT, though they may have an administration charge.
Some LEAs issue a form that must be used when the order is placed to qualify for the scheme. These forms can be requested from the school or Music Centre. Other LEAs do not produce a dedicated form and the school/Music Centre can simply issue its own official order to us stating the instrument you require.
- Call us! We can then help you choose the right instrument for your child.
- Any Questions? Contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone on 01264 369 437 and we will be pleased to help you.
Guarantee for instruments bought through AIPS
Although the instrument is purchased by the School/Music Centre, we retain all the purchase and serial number details in the unlikely event you need guarantee work undertaking.
Insurance of your new instrument
We strongly recommend you arrange suitable insurance cover against loss and damage to your new instrument.
The Small Print
Although open only to LEAs and LEA maintained schools, and Academies, AIPS itself is a purely voluntary scheme which different local authorities are free to operate in different ways. We recommend you discuss purchasing an instrument through AIPS with the school, Academy, Music Service or LEA in advance.
To comply with H.M. Customs & Excise regulations the following requirements must be met:
- The student must be in full time education at an LEA school or Academy and/or receiving music tuition at an LEA funded Music Centre.
- The instrument must be appropriate for the student’s needs and must be portable.
- The sale transaction must take place on educational premises.
- For students who receive regular tuition from the LEA’s music service there is not usually a requirement for him/her to be a pupil at an LEA school. This may enable pupils at independent schools who receive tuition through a County Music Service to take advantage of musical instrument purchase under AIPS.
For more information, please visit: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/vatgpbmanual/vatgpb7825.htm