TAXATION OF THE PUBLIC SECTOR IN GERMANY – AN INTRODUCTION

Fritz Lang

Abstract


The public sector in Germany is subject to both income tax and value-added tax when its activities go beyond the area of public administration to the extent that they enter into competition with other providers. The taxation of public-sector entities is intended primarily to prevent the distortion of competition. The delimitation of the spheres that are relevant for taxation purposes requires a complex system of statutory provisions. The German Tax Amendment Act 2015 seeks to establish a new statutory basis for the VAT treatment of the public sector that is compliant with EU law.

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