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St Helena : CUSTOMS DUTY EXEMPTION ON SPECTACLES AND HEARING AIDS FOR THOSE ON LOW INCOMES
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 22.02.2013 (Article Archived on 08.03.2013)

Following a representation to Executive Council by the Chairman of the Health & Social Welfare Committee, Councillor Cyril Gunnell, it has been agreed by Financial Secretary Colin Owen, that a one-off exemption from payment of Customs Duties on spectacles procured through the Optician, should apply for those in receipt of IRB or earning less than 7,000 per annum. This concession applies for orders placed during the 2013 visit of the Optician who is currently on-Island and due to leave on 2 April.

CUSTOMS DUTY EXEMPTION ON SPECTACLES AND HEARING AIDS FOR THOSE ON LOW INCOMES


 


Following a representation to Executive Council by the Chairman of the Health & Social Welfare Committee, Councillor Cyril Gunnell, it has been agreed by Financial Secretary Colin Owen, that a one-off exemption from payment of Customs Duties on spectacles procured through the Optician, should apply for those in receipt of IRB or earning less than 7,000 per annum. This concession applies for orders placed during the 2013 visit of the Optician who is currently on-Island and due to leave on 2 April.


 


Eligible individuals will be required to complete a form when placing an order for spectacles, stating that they are IRB recipients or have an income of less than 7,000 per year. Details of individuals claiming the exemption will then be forwarded to the Collector of Customs for verification. Eligible individuals who may have already paid Customs Duty this year must complete the form and send to the Optician for a refund.


 


This one-off exemption will also apply during 2013 for individuals who earn less than 7,000 or are in receipt of IRB who purchase hearing aids.


 


Health and Social Welfare Directorate


 


SHG


19 February 2013

 

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