The "Taxes in Europe" database is the European Commission's on-line information tool covering the main taxes in force in the EU Member States. The system contains information on around 650 taxes, as provided to the European Commission by the Ministries of Finance of the EU Member States. Access is free for all users.
An e-Learning training module on the use of the TEDB is available here.
Please note there are still some limitations on VAT rates searches based on CN codes (for goods) and CPA codes (for services).
All countries have filled the CN codes and all countries (except DE and HR) have filled the CPA codes. Some countries (AT, BE, CZ, IT, MT, NL, PL, SE, SI) however have not completed all the codes for a small number of product categories as you will notice within the VAT forms. A search for applicable VAT rates based on CN and/or CPA codes in these specific countries and where the codes are missing, returns only the standard VAT rate of the country concerned. We therefore advise to search by product category(ies) instead of CN/CPA codes for these countries.
Note as well that for Northern Ireland, only goods (CN codes) are concerned.
We will update this information regularly.
What type of information is available?
The "Taxes in Europe" database contains, for each individual tax, information on its legal basis, assessment base, main exemptions, applicable rate(s), economic and statistical classification, as well as the revenue generated by it.
The information in the "Taxes in Europe" database on the main taxes in force is provided by the EU Member States. This information is of a non-binding character and cannot produce legal effects. For legal certainty, please refer to the respective relevant (officially published) national legislation, as only the respective official publications in the Member States are authentic and produce legal effects.
The European Commission accepts no responsibility or liability with regard to the topicality, correctness and completeness of the information on this website and with regard to the use which may be made of the information. The same applies to the Member States and persons acting on the European Commission’s behalf.
See also the important legal notice.
What types of taxes can be found?
The "Taxes in Europe" database covers the following types of taxes:
- All main taxes in revenue terms. These include notably personal income taxes, corporate income taxes, value added taxes, EU harmonised excise duties;
- The main social security contributions.
- Other important taxes yielding at least 0.1% of GDP.
The database does NOT cover information on:
- Customs duties and tariffs. This type of information can be found in the customs tariff database TARIC.
Web service for accessing the VAT rates.
A SOAP web service to consult the applicable VAT rates is available. Please check the following:
Enquiries on the "Taxes in Europe" database may be addressed to: TEDBec [dot] europa [dot] eu (TEDB[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)
Links to the websites of the national Ministries of Finance.
Please note that the European Commission does not answer questions on individual tax compliance requirements.