Following Germany‘s federal fiscal court BFH’s declaration that techno is, in fact, music, the country’s nightclubs will from now on receive a tax cut on its ticket fees.
That puts club nights on par with concerts, the only difference being those concert venues have to pay 7 percent VAT on ticket sales, compared to the fixed rate of 19 percent for the nightclubs, including the legendary Berghain, KitKat, Sage, or Tresor.
The decision was made when the court weighed up the differences, noting that the average customer was, at their core, there for the music or DJ which makes it similar to a usual concert. This should hopefully result in helping venues, organizers, and DJ’s recover from the COVID-19 shutdowns, which have subsequently put a big strain on nightclubs, institutions, and the music industry as a whole.
“They [DJs] perform their own new pieces of music using instruments in the broader sense, to create new sound sequences that have their own character,” the German court judge declared, as per a news outlet The Local de reports.