VAT rate changes on German restaurant services

German VAT rates on restaurant and catering services will be reduced temporarily to help businesses affected by Coronavirus.

3 May, 2020


As for of the initiatives to support industries that are widely impacted by the Coronavirus effects on consumption, Germany announced a reduction of VAT rates on restaurant and catering services from 19% to 7%.

These changes will be temporary. They will take effect only from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.

Conference organizers and other business customers should ensure that the changes are correctly implemented in invoices received to avoid having issues with VAT deduction when such invoices are reported in their periodic VAT return.

VAT rate changes in the EU due to Covid-19

VAT rates changes are being used in many European countries as a temporary (or long-term) measure to reduce the negative impact of Coronavirus. Estonia, UK and Spain all announced this week a reduction of VAT rates on e-books and electronic publications. Spain also reduced rates on certain sanitary products used to prevent infection from the disease.

How can Marosa help you?

It is important to stay up to date with the applicable VAT rates in Europe. Our overview on VAT rates can help you, although a detailed analysis should be made on specific products for which the CN code and detailed legislation must be reviewed.

Contact us to get help with the analysis of VAT rates on products sold by your business across Europe


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