Pet lovers warned: your furry friends will be taxed in Berlin
German tax officials clarified that the new rule on city tax for tourists who book rooms in Berlin also includes pets.
At present, tourists have to pay a five percent levy on top of their room costs as part of the bill. The levy was imposed as a way to bring in extra cash to the city’s coffers and tourist industry.
Although the tax authorities clarified that dog owners will also have to pay extra for their pets, it is not yet clear how much the extra charge costs. Exemptions to these rules include overnight stays for business with or without dogs and guide dogs.
The city tax on tourist is a controversial topic in Berlin. German hotelier’s association (Dehoga) filed a complaint against it but they have not yet commented on the rule extending to pets.