This is the standard VAT rate in Germany. By default, all of the services and goods in Germany are taxed with 19% VAT.
Common cases that are subject to reduced 7% VAT rate:
Newspapers, magazines and books
Services under copyright protection. e.g. copyrighted texts, graphics, images, newspaper articles, screen designs, web texts, brochures, logos.
Admission to theatres, concerts and museums
Performances by performing artists, at film, circus, theatre shows and concerts
Handmade works of art (without involved computer power)
Take away food
Some food and drinks
Flowers for decorative use
Common cases that are not subject to VAT:
Sale of real estate
Letting and leasing of real estate
Medical and nursing services
This documents covers the common cases for freelancers, but it's not complete.
For the full list, please refer to this official document.
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