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Energy VAT reduction for charities and non-profit organisations

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How can charities and non-profit organisations apply for a VAT reduction on energy bills?

All businesses or organisations with an annual turnover of more than £82,000 are legally required to pay VAT. However, as a charity or non-profit organisation (or fulfil certain other criteria), it’s likely that you qualify to pay a reduced rate of VAT on your energy bills. This article explains more about the process.

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Who qualifies?

  • Charities
  • Care homes
  • Free schools and academies
  • Student accommodation and boarding houses
  • Self-catering holiday accommodation and caravans
  • Businesses using less than 1000 kWh/month of gas

What do I qualify for?

Whether your charity is registered or not, you may be entitled to pay VAT at 5% on your energy bills. In addition, you’re likely to be exempt from paying the Climate Change Levy* (CCL), knocking in total, 20% off your energy bills.

How do I pay the reduced rate?

You’ll need to let your energy supplier if your charity or organisation is eligible to pay the reduced rate, and start the application process using one of the VAT Declaration forms.

There are several other scenarios in which eligible organisations can be charged the incorrect VAT, so watch out if and inform your supplier of your status if:

  • You’ve switched supplier or renewed your contract
  • The name of your organisation has changed
  • The legal entity of your organisation has changed

If you’ve been overpaying, you don’t have to be out of pocket. You can claim a rebate for the lost money for up to 4 years – either from your supplier or HMRC, and checking if you’re owed can be lucrative. One of our customers, a school - received £115,000 after being incorrectly charged for 3 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.

Download a VAT Declaration form for your supplier below.

Energy supplier  Address  Form 
British Gas 

British Gas Business, Spinneyside, Penman Way, Grove Park Leicester, LE19 1SZ

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CNG, CNG House, 5 Victoria Avenue, Harrogate, HG1 1EQ

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Corona Energy 

Corona Energy Ltd, Edward Hyde Building, 38 Clarendon Road Watford, WD17 1JW

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EDF Energy plc, Registration Department, Southdownview Road, Worthing, BN14 8NL

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E.ON, PO Box 9042, Sherwood Park, Annesley, Nottingham, NG15 5AZ

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Extra Energy 

VAT Department Extra Energy Supply Ltd, PO Box 10243, Ashby de la Zouch, LE65 9ED

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Gazprom Energy, Bauhaus, 27 Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3GYGazprom Energy, Bauhaus, 27 Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3GY

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Haven Power 

Haven Power Limited, The Havens, Ransomes Europark, Ipswich, IP3 9SJ

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Npower Direct Limited, 2 Princes Way, Solihull West Midlands, B91 3ES

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Opus Energy 

Opus Customer Services, Royal Pavillion, 2 Summerhouse Rd, Northampton NN3 6BJ

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Scottish Power 

ScottishPower Energy Retail Limited, SME Contact Centre, PO Box 7111, Cathcart, Glasgow G44 4GP

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Scottish & Southern Energy, Grampian House, 200 Dunkeld Rd, Perth, PH1 3GH

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