EU Commissioner Gentiloni shows alternatives to VAT exemption

The German government’s requested exemption from value-added tax for the planned gas levy is off the table. The current legal framework does not allow an exemption for the gas levy, EU Commissioner for Economy, Paolo Gentiloni, wrote in a letter to German Minister of Finance Christian Lindner (FDP) on Wednesday. He also said the Commission couldn’t propose deviations from the VAT directive in this case. This would only be possible for procedural issues, but not when it comes to the amount of the tax, Gentiloni wrote. The letter was available to Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

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