VAT rate change in Germany

On June 12th, 2020, German government, as part of COVID-19 economic stimulus package, made a decision to reduce the VAT rate. In order to strengthen domestic consumption in Germany, VAT rate was reduced from 19% to 16% for a limited period of time. The change will come into effect from July 1st, 2020 and will be applicable until December 31st, 2020.

France: Quarterly reimbursement of TICPE (excise duty)

In order to support the road transporters of goods and passengers, the French Government has decided that the partial reimbursement of the Domestic Consumption Tax on Energy Products (TICPE) will be granted on a quarterly rather than the semi-annual basis for consumption carried out since January 1, 2020.

Reimbursement requests for the first quarter of 2020 (consumption from January 1 to March 31) can now be submitted. Requests for the second quarter of 2020 (consumption from April 1 to June 30) can be submitted from July 1, 2020.

The French authorities emphasize that this day forward all reimbursement requests are to be submitted on a quarterly basis. The detailed table for the year 2020 with the start and end dates for the submission of the requests for the reimbursement is listed here below.  

Period Start of the request for the reimbursement End of the request for the reimbursement
1st quarter of 2020 Open  31st December 2022
2nd quarter of 2020 1st July 2020 31st December 2022
3rd quarter of 2020 1st October 2020 31st December 2022
4th quarter of 2020 2nd January 2021 31st December 2023


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