VAT on invoices to Germany as Turkey-based freelancer
Thread poster: Christiane Özmen-Flor

Christiane Özmen-Flor  Identity Verified
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Mar 25, 2013


Is there anyone here who works for German business customers from Turkey? Which VAT must be added to the net price? I suppose the Turkish VAT? The rules are probably not in line with the EU ones yet, are they?



Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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Turkish VAT for Turkey alone? Mar 25, 2013

Page 6 seems to be quite clear that services to clients outside Turkey do not include VAT. OTOH, I'm no tax expert!icon_smile.gif


Miriam Neidhardt  Identity Verified
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No VAT Mar 25, 2013

As far as I know, no VAT is added since Turkey is not within the EU.

No tax expert either.

Kind regards,



Cristina intern  Identity Verified
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Tax-free exports from Turkey - no VAT, "KDVK, Katma Deger Vergisi Kanunu" Mar 25, 2013

- Tax-free exports from Turkey.
- Turkey is not within the EU.

Die Mehrwertsteuer wurde erst 1984 eingeführt und heißt in der Landessprache “Katma Deger Vergisi Kanunu” – abgekürzt mit “KDVK”.
Der Normalsatz liegt zur Zeit bei 18%, daneben gibt es einen ermäßigten Steuersatz von 8% und einen stark ermäßigten Steuersatz von 1%.
Mit 8% wird beispielsweise versteuert:
- Kulturdienstleistungen
- verarbeitete Nahrungsmittel.
Der stark ermäßigte Steuersatz mit 1% findet Anwendung bei:
- Grundnahrungsmittel
- landwirtschaftliche Produkte
- Zeitungen
- Eigentumswohnungen.
Daneben gibt es zahlreiche Steuerbefreiungen , worunter auch Exporte fallen, die sich in den vergangenen zehn Jahren mehr als verdoppelt hatten.

[Edited at 2013-03-25 15:18 GMT]


Christiane Özmen-Flor  Identity Verified
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Thank you! Mar 26, 2013

Thanks Sheila, Miriam, and Cristina and the experienced colleague from Turkey who emailed me and confirmed that no VAT has to appear on the invoice.

This is great news.

Best wishes and lots of work,


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