Public Germany Author: Kristina Dosen
The German Ministry of Finance has announced new VAT guidelines for online events, starting in July 2024. Providers must prepare for these changes, which affect the VAT treatment and place of supply for digital services. Let's find out what the major changes are.

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Key Changes:

  1. Pre-Produced Content: Classified as electronically supplied services, these are not eligible for VAT exemptions or reduced rates.
  2. Live Streaming: These services, including hybrid events, are not considered electronically supplied services and may qualify for VAT exemptions or reductions.
  3. Place of Supply: Now determined by the participant's location, requiring foreign providers offering live seminars to German participants to account for VAT in Germany.
  4. Combination Services: If a live event includes recorded content, it is treated as a single service subject to the standard VAT rate.

Providers must ensure compliance with the new rules, verifying correct tax treatment based on the nature of their services. Immediate action is required to avoid non-compliance issues.

The updated VAT guidelines provide clarity but also introduce new compliance challenges. Providers of online events should review their offerings and prepare for the new regulations, effective July 2024.

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