Germany may force tour operators to VAT register

Tue 23rd Oct 2012

The German tax authorities have submitted a proposal to require foreign tour operators sub-contracting coach tours to register for VAT, and comply with German VAT reporting.

Currently, non-German coach operators who travel through the territory of German must register and charge German VAT at 7% or 19%.  The new proposal would impose the same requirement on any tour operators who outsource the service to coach operators.