If you have any tips which you think everybody may not be aware of then please let us know byemailing Visionary at visionary@visionary.org.uk.

Fuel Cards

Fuel cards can offer you control over your charity’s fuel purchases by providing you with information, eg dates of purchase, prices paid, volume purchased, vehicle involved, etc, plus totals including the full amount due; consolidated billing, eg weekly, fortnightly or monthly; and a little credit. Administration should be simplified and the need for sorting out receipts and refunding expenses eliminated. Also the risk of abuse is reduced.

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If you are purchasing a new minibus then you may be eligible to have it zero rated for VAT purposes. You need to refer to VAT notice 701/6 which is available on HM Revenue and Customswebsite. It may be that your supplier is not aware of this concession so you may need to advise them and, if necessary, get them to check with HMRC themselves. DO not be put off by reference to ambulances or vehicles specially adapted for wheelchairs as there is a concession for unadapted vehicles for use by blind people.

If you are eligible for zero rating of a minibus when buying it you are probably eligible for all repair and maintenance costs to be zero rated. Again you will have to issue the appropriate certificate to your garage. Refer to VAT notice 701/6.

Taxation Class – If you ensure the taxation class for your minibus is Disabled Passenger Vehicle then the Road Fund Licence is free of charge.However, if you charge for transport then different rules may apply.Refer to DVLAwebsiteor contact your local DVLA office.

VAT on Utilities

Registered Charities can be eligible to pay only 5% VAT on either some of all of their gas and electricity charges. Also, if the 5% rate is applicable you will be exempt from the climate change levy (CCL). To obtain this relief contact your supplier for the relevant application form. Remember to ask them how to back date your claim. For further assistance on this matter you could also contactLSI Utility Brokers, Visionary’s nominated utility broker, orHM Revenue and Customs Charities Helpline on 0845 3020203.

Travel Tips

Want to save money and hassle on bus and rail travel? These tips have been put together primarily for people with visual impairment butmaybe of interest to those with normal sight as some are just as applicable.

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Get20% discount on food and drink at mainline railway stations and some coach stations

Pick up a BITE discount card and get 20% off food and drink at the following outlets at mainline railway stations: Upper Crust, The Pasty Shop, Cafe Ritazza, Pumpkin, Burger King, BAR, Sloe Bar, Millies Cookies, Camden Food Co., Delice de France. The card is free. Request one/register online athttps://www.bitecard.co.uk/home.asp

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