Find out whether your charity could save money on energy bills with our short guide.
Most charities - whether they're registered or not - qualify for a reduced 5% Value Added Tax (VAT) rate and exemption from Climate Change Levy* (CCL) on their energy bills.
This usually knocks about a fifth off the total cost but the onus is on you to tell your energy supplier about your eligibility, otherwise you may be missing out. If you have been overypaying, the good news is that you can also claim a rebate for the past four years - either from your supplier or from HMRC.
Make It Cheaper research shows that 46% of charities didn't know about the reduced VAT rate and CCL exemption - and 69% were unaware of the rebates.
The largest rebate received by a Make It Cheaper customer to date (June 2014) is £115,000, which was received by a school that had been incorrectly charged for VAT and CCL on its gas consumption for three years.
If you'd like to speak to one of our experts about VAT and CCL exemption, please call our dedicated helpline on 0800 140 4692.
If you think you're entitled to a bill reduction or rebate, you'll need a VAT Declaration Form to start your application. You can download the appropriate form for your energy supplier below and send it to the address shown.
If you would like any advice or help with your application, our energy experts are available - free of charge - over the phone. We can also look at the unit rates you are being charged on your bill and tell you if we think there's a better tariff for you. If it's not the right time to switch, we can log your contract end date so that we can get in touch when your supplier is due to increase your prices again. Call 0800 140 4692, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm.
* By successfully applying for a VAT reduction, you automatically become exempt from the Climate Change Levy: currently 0.541p per kWh for electricity and 0.188p per kWh for gas.
** Under the Finance Acts 1993 & 1997, charities (registered and unregistered) whose energy is used "otherwise than in the course or furtherance of a business" for at least 60% of its actual use, can receive all their power supplies at the reduced rate of 5% VAT. If your 'non-business' use is below 60% of total usage, that proportion of the supply can still be applied to the reduced rate. For example, if 35% of energy use is non-business, 35% can be taxed at 5% and 65% at the standard VAT rate.
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