The VAT on food in restaurants will be raised again to 19 percent at the beginning of the year. According to information from the German Press Agency, the traffic light coalition agreed on this. The “Handelsblatt” had previously reported.

Food taken away, in the supermarket or delivered is taxed at seven percent. In order to relieve the burden on the catering industry during the Corona crisis, the tax replacement for food in restaurants and cafés was temporarily reduced from 19 to seven percent.

The regulation has been extended several times due to the energy crisis, most recently until the end of this year. The industry had recently campaigned vehemently not to let the tax cut expire.