Foreign VAT Refunds Guide from Germany

The following information details the requirements needed to be eligible for a VAT refund in Germany. These include claimable expense types, the Germany VAT rates and deadlines, as well as claiming periods.

What Expenses are Claimable for VAT Refund in Germany?

Hotel & Accommodation
0 %
10 %
Conf, Trade Shows & Expo
10 %
Public Transport
7- 10 %
0 %
Marketing Costs
10 %
Professional Fees
10 %
Car Rental
10 %
Training, Courses & Seminar
10 %

What are the Germany VAT Rates?

Germany divides VAT rates into four categories:

The standard rate, applied to most goods and services.
There is a reduced rate of 7% that applies to certain goods and services, such as specific food items, books, and public transportation.
Some specific goods and services, like exports and intra-community supplies, are subject to a 0% VAT rate.
There are also certain goods and services that are completely exempt from VAT, such as health services and financial services.

How to Get VAT Refunds from the Germany for Your Business?

VAT Refunds Guide for EU Companies
VAT Refunds Guide for EU Companies
VAT Refunds Guide for Non-EU Companies

Frequently Asked Questions About Germany VAT Recovery

September 30 for all EU countries and Jun 30 for Non-EU countries.

All EU countries and Non EU-Countries such as  Andorra, Antigua, Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bermudas, British Virgin Islands, Brunei Darussalam, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Canada, Cayman Islands, China(Taiwan), Gibraltar, Greenland, Grenada, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Iceland, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Korea (People?s Rep), Korea(ROK), Kuwait, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Macao, Maldives, Marshal Islands, Macedonia, Norway, New Zealand, Oman, Qatar, Pakistan, St Vincent, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, United States of America, Vatican City.

It can take up to 6 months for EU companies and 10 months for Non-EU companies depending on complexity of the VAT claim.

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