Luxembourgian VAT rates and VAT compliance

Luxembourg VAT rates

Whilst Luxembourg follows the European Union VAT compliance rules, it still sets its own VAT rate.  The only proviso is that it is above 15%.  Suppliers of goods or services VAT registered in Luxembourg must charge the appropriate VAT rate, and collect the tax for onward payment to the Luxembourg tax authorities through a VAT filling: see Luxembourg VAT returns briefing.

The current rates are:

Luxembourg VAT rates

Rate Type Which goods or services
17% Standard All other taxable goods and services
14% Reduced Certain wines; solid mineral fuels, mineral oils and wood intended for use as fuel with the exception of wood for heating; washing and cleaning products; printed advertising matter; heat, cooling and steam with the exception of district heating; safe custody and administration of securities; administration of credit and credit guarantees by a person or organisation other than that granting the credit
8% Reduced Cleaning in private households; minor repairs of bicycles, shoes and leather goods, clothing and household linen; hairdressing; district heating; natural gas; electricity; firewood; LPG; cut flowers and plants for decorative use; some works of art and antiques
3% Reduced Foodstuffs; soft drinks; children's clothing and footwear; water supplies; certain pharmaceutical products; certain medical equipment for disabled persons; domestic passenger transport; certain books (excluding e-books); certain newspapers and periodicals; admission to cultural events and amusement parks; some pay TV/cable TV; agricultural supplies (excluding pesticides); hotel accommodation; restaurants (excluding alcoholic beverages); take away food; bars, cafes and nightclubs, cut flowers and plants for food production; supplies for of new buildings; some construction work on new buildings; admission to sports events; use of sports facilities; undertaker and cremation services; collection of domestic waste; some telephone services; some writers and composers services (royalties); raw wool; treatment of waste and waste water
0% Zero Intra-community and international transport

Luxembourg VAT compliance

Foreign businesses, registered as non-resident VAT traders in Luxembourg are obliged to follow the local rules on bookkeeping, recording and processing of invoices.  This includes:

  • Preparing invoices with the disclosure details outlined in the Luxembourg VAT laws.
  • Electronic invoices with proper signature, authenticity and agreement by the recipient.
  • Maintenance of accounts and records, which must be held for at least 7 years.
  • Correct invoicing of customers for goods or services in accordance with the Luxembourg time of supply VAT rules.
  • Processing of credit notes and other corrections.
  • Use of approved foreign currency rates.

What is the tax point for Luxembourg VAT?

The tax point (time of supply) rules in Luxembourg determine when the VAT is due.  It is then payable to the tax authorities 30 days after the VAT reporting period end (monthly or quarterly).

For most goods, it is the time of delivery or passage of title.  For services, it is the completion of the service.


Latest Luxembourgian news

Luxembourg cuts e-book VAT to 3%

February 25, 2019

Luxembourg has agreed to lower its VAT rate on electronic books from the standard rate of 17% to the super reduced rate of 3%. The move follows the agreement between EU states to permit the harmonisation of rate on e-books to their physical equivalent.

EU VAT and tax veto review

January 25, 2019

The European Commission (EC) has proposed switching from unanimous to majority voting on EU VAT and other tax policies.  The aim is to progress fiscal reforms which face immovable opposition from just a limited number of member states. 

EU implements VAT generalised reverse charge

January 09, 2019

The EU VAT Directive has been updated from 1 January 2019 to introduce a voluntary generalised reverse charge measure on domestic transactions in member states.