VAT to be charged on cosmetic surgery

Doctors who perform cosmetic surgery will need to register for VAT and charge their patients more under changes to tax rules.


New VAT guidelines mean that surgeons who carry out cosmetic surgery purely for cosmetic reasons will need to register for VAT (Value Added Tax) and add 20 per cent VAT to these patients' bills.

Until recently VAT was added only to Botox injections, chemical peels and other minor treatments performed in beauty salons. The HMRC (HM Revenue and Customs) say that the rules are not changes but a clarification, and added that cosmetic procedure for medical reasons are exempt from VAT.

Procedures which will now be subject to VAT include face lifts, tummy tucks, female breast enlargement, liposuction, hair and tattoo removal. A breast enhancement operation is expected to rise by approximately £1,000 as a result.

Source: Onmedica

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