Buy your child's instrument VAT
is the Assisted Purchase Scheme?
The Assisted Instrument Purchase
Scheme (AIPS) offers the possibility to buy a musical instrument for your child
without paying VAT. The instrument is bought by a local authority school or music service. Local authorities can recover the VAT because the intrument purchase is for the provision of education. The LEA school or music service can then invoice the for the instrument without charging VAT.
How does it work?
1. Check if you are
To be eligible for AIPS your child
- EITHER in full-time education at a local authority school
LEA school or Academy
- AND/OR receiving music tuition at an LEA funded Music
N.B. This is a voluntary scheme
and not all schools, music services/authorities will participate. Please check
with the school or your local music service/LEA as to whether they participate
in this scheme.
If you are ineligible for the
AIPS, or the scheme is not offered in your area, there is the Take It Away scheme available.
2. Choose your instrument
Choose your child’s instrument
in-store or over the phone with the help of expert advice. For the scheme the
instrument must meet the following conditions
- be used at the school or in a local authority
- be an appropriate instrument for the child
3. Request for the
instrument to be bought through AIPS
Once you have chosen the
instrument you wish to buy, you can ask your child’s school or music service
(LEA) to order it on your behalf.
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. If this is the case you can
fill in our AIPS application form and give it to the school or LEA.
4. Collect your instrument
Once your application has been
approved we will be issued with an invoice. We can then dispatch your
instrument to your child’s school or music centre where you can collect it.
Payment is made by you directly to
the school or LEA for the instrument. The price will be for the instrument
excluding VAT. Some schools and LEAs offer additional finance options. Any
enquiries about this should be made directly to the school or LEA.
How much could you save?
By using the AIPS you will get 1/6 off
the price of any new instrument.
Example of savings using AIPS
Harp, Lever Harp Instrument
Camac are one of the world's leading Celtic harp specialists, and their beautifully made harps have modern harp tension and advanced easy to use semi-tone levers.
Alto (Treble) Recorder
4307 Rottenburgh alto in Grenadilla. Immensely popular range of recorders.
Moeck Rottenburgh Alto in Grenadilla
Camac Hermine 34-string Harp (with case)
£599.50 – You pay £499.58
£2,040 – You pay £1,700
N.B. Generally the school or LEA
charge an administration fee. This varies between different schools and
For further information please
contact us, your child’s school or LEA, download AIPS - Guide for Schools and Parents or visit the HMRC website.
Early Music Shop – London
Early Music Shop – Saltaire
11 Denmark Street
Salts Mill, Victoria Road
0207 632 3960