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Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme (AIPS) Information

If your child attends a state school, you could save money by not paying the VAT on your child's instrument.

1. First, check with your School or Music Centre that they operate the Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme (AIPS)

2. Come into our shop and pick your own instrument or telephone and reserve an instrument.

3. Obtain the necessary form from your School / Music Centre. Complete your details on the form and the choice of musical instrument.

Please note that the form contains provision for an 'Administrative Charge' so you will need to check with your School/Music Centre to establish if they make such a charge.

4. After completing your details and instrument choice, you need to pass the form along with your payment to the School/Music Centre for them to complete their details and send the form to us as an official purchase order.

5. The instrument will then be despatched to the School/Music Centre at no extra charge. You then collect your chosen instrument from your School/Music Centre.

AIPS Legal requirements
To comply with HM Custom and Excise rules the following criteria must be satisfied:

1. The student must be in full time education at a state School.
2. The student must be receiving music tuition at the School/Music Centre.
3. The instrument must be appropriate for the student's needs.
4. The instrument must be portable
5. The instrument must be handed to the pupil on school premises.
6. The instrument must be charged to the pupil / pupil's parents either at, or below, the music service cost excluding VAT.

To discuss your requirements in more detail please call us on 01202 430 820 or email shop@musicislife.co.uk and we'll be happy to help.

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