Germany VAT Rate
Germany had raised its rate of VAT (value added tax) from 16% to 19% with effect from 1 January 2007. VAT is imposed on assets and services in Germany as well as on imports into Germany. Overseas exports are exempted from VAT in Germany. There are special conditions for small businesses.
The raise was expected to hoist £13 billion for the government and will result in reducing Germany's budget deficit. The VAT increase on most goods and services places Germany now nearer to the EU’s average VAT rate