What is the Umsatzsteuer or Mehrwertsteuer

Value-added tax (VAT) is called Umsatzsteuer (USt.) or Mehrwertsteuer, (MwSt.) in German.

Most products and services sold in Germany have a 19% VAT.1 Some products and services have a reduced VAT of 7%.

VAT is almost always included in the price. It’s not added at checkout.

How VAT works in Germany

Sources and footnotes
  1. §12 UStG