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German VAT rates on multiple VAT rate supplies

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  • 20 February 2014 | Richard Asquith

German VAT rates on multiple VAT rate supplies

The German Federal Ministry of Finance, Bundesministerium der Finanzen (BMF), has clarified the procedures for German VAT rates on a single supply where there are different VAT rates applicable.

Allocation of German VAT on mixed supplies

Where a supplier is offering for a single price goods with multiple VAT rates attached, the company must take the most appropriate calculation methodology to apportion the cost to the VAT rates for calculating the total VAT charge.  Typically, using the separate sales values of the components should be used.

The guidance has been issued following a court case last year at the Bundesfinanhof, the Federal Fiscal Court.

German VAT is applicable at 19% (having risen from 16% in 2007).  There is also  a reduced VAT rate of 7% on: foodstuffs; medical supplies; public transport; books; newspapers; hotels; admission to cultural or sporting events; and dental care.


VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He is part of the European leadership team which this year won International Tax Review's Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.