Germany Publishes Guidelines on VAT Exemption for Frozen Gametes

July 26, 2017 Charles Riordan

The Federal Ministry of Finance has released guidance related to a VAT exemption on storage fees for frozen reproductive material. When frozen gametes are stored for therapeutic purposes – such as contributing to a pregnancy as part of fertility treatment – the storage fee is properly VAT exempt. Absent a direct therapeutic purpose, however, storage fees for frozen gametes are taxable. This may arise when gametes are stored for precautionary reasons, or by third-party entrepreneurs in cryobanks.

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Charles Riordan is a member of the Tax Research team at Sovos Compliance specializing in international taxation, with a focus on Value Added Tax systems in the European Union. Charles received his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2013 and is an active member of the Massachusetts Bar.

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