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German GOV reduces tax on accommodation from 19 to 7% from Jan 2010

German GOV reduces tax on accommodation from 19 to 7% from Jan 2010

Oct 27th, 2009, 12:08 PM
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Oh, good, my son will be in Germany in January.

What does it mean "from 19 to 7% until from January 1, 2010" - is it until or from?
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Oct 27th, 2009, 12:30 PM
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I thought that businesses would keep the 2.5% difference when the UK lowered the VAT last year - but they didnt! Every place I went had lower prices that reflected the difference. At first it was done at the till...so the price would say 5 GBP on the sticker, but at the till I would receive and extra 2.5% off. Now most places have adjusted their prices...and the places I frequent the most have kept the lower prices. Go figure...
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Oct 27th, 2009, 12:30 PM
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Oct 27th, 2009, 12:53 PM
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Calculation with or without VAT - fact is: the room rate which is published is ALWAYS including VAT! In Germany.

"First question of a businessman in that case: "And VAT is included?" "
Right: B2B YES! When I do my shopping at Metro I see the nett and gross price. Metro is a B2B cash and carry! When I do my shopping at REAL - which is a B2C grocery store - VAT is included.

As we are talking about hotel rooms here - of course business people might have a disadvantage as they cannot claim 19% which makes it more expensive. Leisure travellers are just eligible to VAT refunds and so the rate is the rate they pay! Percentage of tax irrelevant. They just see it on their bill.

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Oct 27th, 2009, 12:55 PM
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It means FROM 01 Jan 2010 tax should be 7% - the same as for food.
But this is in the coalition agreement yet. AGREEMENT! But I am sure the hospitality industry lobbyists will push ;-)

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Oct 27th, 2009, 12:57 PM
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Did you not forget a "not" after just?
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Oct 28th, 2009, 10:14 AM
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Thank you! YES - sorrey I forgot to type in "not". So it should be:

Leisure travellers are just NOT eligible to VAT refunds and so the rate is the rate they pay!

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