2020 German VAT Tax Changes

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On July 1st 2020, the VAT rate in Germany changes from 19% to 16% (and from 7% to 5% for the reduced rate). This is a temporary change as part of the Konjunkturpaket, and will be in effect until December 31st 2020.

What does this mean for you?

First, we will automatically apply these changes to your Cobot subscription fees.

Second, we will automatically apply these changes to your Cobot space. Anything within your space that operates using the 19% tax rate, such as Membership Plan fees, will be reduced to 16% and anything that has a 7% tax rate, such as a Service Charges, will be reduced to 5%.

But what about invoices issued in June that cover July or later?

We will automatically apply corrections to your existing invoices. This means:

  1. The original invoice will be written off.
  2. A corrected invoice will be issued.
  3. Both invoices will be sent to the member.
  4. Any overpaid amounts will be automatically credited towards the member's next invoice.

What happens with time passes or booking passes that were invoiced already, but are used later?

The invoices for these time passes or booking passes are also subject to a correction as described above.

  • All Membership plans, Plan Extras and Signup Charges (under Setup » Plans)
  • All Resources and future calendar bookings up to December 31st, 2020 (under Bookings)
  • All Event Ticket fees (under Manage » Events, if installed)
  • The Basic Tax rate (under Setup » Basic » Payments)
  • All Service Charges (under Setup » Service Charges)

All of these changes will take effect on July 1st 2020 and will end on December 31st 2020, at which time your tax rates will revert back to 19% and 7%.

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