Greatdays helps operators with German VAT reclaim

Cheshire-based tour wholesaler Greatdays Travel Group says it has successfully completed German VAT reclaims on behalf of UK coach operator clients following its introduction of a free reclaim service last year.

Tours that include accommodation and other services in Germany are subject to German VAT legislation. In 2015, Greatdays introduced a free German VAT reclamation service for clients buying German services that started after 1 January 2016. Greatdays handled all the relevant paperwork and submitted it to the German VAT authorities and has now successfully reclaimed thousands of pounds and returned it to coach operators.

 “Coach operators running continental European tours already face a whole host of administrative hurdles to ensure full compliance with the laws of each country they visit,” says Martin Slater, Greatdays’ national sales manager. “For some coach operators, these administrative requirements were prompting them to question whether they would continue to run a continental tour programme. 

“We took the decision to introduce the free German accommodation VAT reclaim service to ease some of that administrative burden. I’m delighted to say that the first round of claims we submitted on behalf of our coach operator clients earlier this year have been successful. For all our clients running tours to or through Germany, the money being reclaimed will bring a direct benefit to the business.”