VATLive > Blog > Germany > Germany extends COVID 7% restaurant VAT rate to Dec 2022

Germany extends COVID 7% restaurant VAT rate to Dec 2022

  • Feb 4, 2021 | Richard Asquith

The ruling parties of the German coalition have agreed this week to extend the temporary VAT rate cut for the restaurant sector until December 2022. The current reduction from the standard 19% to the 7% reduced rate was introduced from July 2020 until 30 June 2021 to support the restaurant and catering services sector during the COVID crisis.

Germany cut its VAT rate from 19% to 16% for the second half of 2020. Check Avalara’s COVID-19 VAT measures tracker.

The extension has been provided since the industry has not been able to benefit from the tax relief as lockdown measures has kept customers away.

Germany is also introducing other economic support measures, including a family child bonus of €150

Explore more content like this in our Building for COVID-19 recovery hub


Need help with your German VAT compliance?



Researching German VAT legislation is the first step to understanding your VAT compliance needs. Avalara has a range of solutions that can help your business depending on where and how you trade. 

Latest German news


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 can be contacted at: richard.asquith@avalara.com. He is part of the European leadership team which won International Tax Review's 2020 Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard trained as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.
VATlive newsletter

Sign up for our free newsletter stay up-to-date with the latest tax news.

VAT Voice Webinars


Stay ahead of the curve, sign-up to VAT Voice, our essential monthly round-up of VAT, GST and legislation news