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German Government Plans to Increase VAT on Restaurant Food to 19% in 2024

  • German government coalition likely to raise VAT on food in restaurants back to 19% from 7%
  • Decision to be made later in the evening
  • Negotiations ongoing over the coalition’s draft budget
  • Budget to be passed in December and take effect from 2024
  • Coalition government will not extend the reduction in VAT
  • Planned cuts to parental allowance for higher earners will be scaled back
  • Income limit for parental leave compensation to be lowered to 200,000 euros from April 1, 2024, and to 175,000 euros from April 1, 2025.


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