German Tax Court Dictates a Good Breakfast

October 5, 2017 Taxation in Germany

Taxes on breakfastBERLIN – A tax court in Germany has dictated what constitutes a breakfast, saying that bread without toppings does not make the cut.

The tax court of Muenster in Germany have recently ruled that bread and coffee do not count as breakfast, at least for the purposes of calculating tax obligations.

The question of the definition of breakfast arose due to a tax dispute with a local company over food given away on the business premises.

The company, a tech firm, would routinely provide free coffee and bread rolls to employees and customers.

The tax authorities claimed that the food constituted breakfast, and therefore should be treated as a complimentary meal, and taxed as such.

However, the tax court ruled that in order for the foods to be regarded as a breakfast, the bread would need to have toppings or at least butter.

The tax authorities had originally claimed that as a complimentary meal, the company would be liable to pay up to EUR 1.57 per employee per day for 3 years for each of the 80 employees of the company.