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German VAT Act amended at the turn of the year 2014 / 2015

The law on amendment of the German Fiscal Code to match the Customs Code of the European Union and the amendment of further tax provisions (ZollkodexAnpG) dated 30 December 2014 also serves to amend the German VAT Act. In addition to minor changes, the Federal Ministry of Finance is authorized to extend the scope of the reverse charge mechanism by statutory instrument within the scope of the Quick Reaction Mechanism. The law also restricts the reverse charge mechanism as regards metals. The German legislature has amended the recent extension which came into effect on 1 October 2014 (so-called Croatia Act).


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