City Tax Königswinter

Koenigswinter imposed a culture promotion tax on 1 July 2016. Travelling for business reasons is exempted.

Exemption options


Employees:
  • (Fully) completed self-certification: --> download here
    You must ALSO submit the following documentation as an "attachement" to the certification:
  • Stamp and signature from the employer in the specific field of the self-certification-form
  • or
  • Informal employer certification:
    • Confirming that the stay “is strictly necessary for business reasons” (the statement should include the exact phrase “strictly necessary for business reasons”!)
    • An employer certification has to be completed for EACH employee and for EVERY stay and MUST be written in German. Koenigswinters municipal authorities do accept group certifications stating every guest with name, date of birth and date of arrival and departuer. (German: "Der Aufenthalt ist zwingend beruflich erforderlich.")
    or
  • If the booking is made via a “business portal” then there is no requirement for confirmation from employer, as long as the text of the booking confirms that the booking was made by the employer and that it is strictly necessary for business reasons
  • or
  • If the booking is made by the employer and the text says that the stay is strictly necessary for business reason, no further documentation is required. (Must be written in German: "Der Aufenthalt ist zwingend beruflich erforderlich.")
  • or
  • If the booking is paid by the employer AND the invoice is issued to the name of the employer no further documentation is neccesary.
  • or
  • A copy of an accreditation document for a congress, seminar, trade fair etc. (written in German)
Freelancers, self-employed individuals and contractors:
  • Complete the self-certification for freelancers and the self-employed --> download here 
    • All the details on the form including tax number must be completed. If you do not want to provide this information to the hotel for data protection reasons, then you must pay the tax.
    • No further documentation is required. Koenigswinters municipal authorities reserve the right to check the details provided.

Certifications are always valid one stay only. If you depart friday and return on monday then a new certification has to be given to the hotel.

Services subject to the tax

  • Five percent of the gross cost of accommodation
    • Excludes breakfast
    • Excludes other services
  • Day rooms, no-show bookings and children are also subject to the tax
  • A separate certification must be provided for each guest; but: the additional employer certifications can be provided on one page including name, date of birth and date of arrival and departure of all travellers
  • The certification must confirm that the stay “is strictly necessary for business reasons” (the statement should include the exact phrase “strictly necessary for business reasons”). According to Koenigswinter municipal authorities it MUST be written in German.

Contact for further forms and questions

  • Stadt Koenigswinter, Kostenrechnung und Steuern, Dollendorfer Strasse 39, 53639 Koenigswinter
  • Tel. +49 2244 889 214
  • Contact e-mail address: steuern@koenigswinter.de