USAG Bavaria, Garmisch

Cost of Living

Higher than the U.S. average, most products must be purchased using the Euro off the installation and supply of products may be limited on post where you use the U.S. dollar.

When shopping in Germany, a 19% Value Added Tax (VAT) or "Mehrwertsteuer" is a tax levied on all goods and services, except food items.  The tax is included in the marked price of the item.  Under the SOFA (Status of Forces Agreement), US ID cardholders may often have the VAT deducted.  On large ticket items, this can be substantial savings.  To do this, for items up to 2500 Euros, it is necessary to purchase a VAT form from the Tax Office (located in Artillery Kaserne, Bldg. 203).  

The form costs $10 each, so keep the cost of the form in mind before using for a purchase.  

For items over € 2500, a special form must be purchased for $100. This form can also be purchased from the VAT office.  This form require a cost estimate from the vendor for the merchandise/service prior to a form being issued. 

Merchants are under no obligation to accept the VAT form.  It is strictly voluntary so it is best to inquire before shopping.  The form is written in both German and English.  Instructions on the proper use are provide by the tax office.  Many utility companies will exempt qualified individuals from paying the tax on utilities.  Check with the Housing Office or the Tax Office for details.

Hours: Wednesday 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

            Thursday 12:00 p.m. - 6 p.m.

PHONE: DSN 314 440-3711 or CIV +49 8821-750-3711