Save 4.5 % City Tax in Muen­ster when stay­ing for busi­ness reasons

City Tax Muen­ster (Westf.)

Muen­ster imposed an accom­mod­a­tion tax on 1 July 2016. Trav­el­ling for busi­ness reas­ons is exempt.

  • 4.5 per­cent of the gross cost of accommodation 
    • Excludes break­fast
    • Excludes oth­er services
  • Day rooms, no-show book­ings, chil­dren, pets and stu­dents are sub­ject to the tax
  • A sep­ar­ate cer­ti­fic­a­tion must be provided for each guest; group cer­ti­fic­a­tions (includ­ing employ­er cer­ti­fic­a­tions) are not accepted
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Get exemp­ted as follows…


Fol­low­ing doc­u­ments have to be com­pleted for each stay in Muen­ster that is strictly neces­sary for busi­ness reas­ons, and for each guest:
    • You must ALSO sub­mit the fol­low­ing documentation:
  • Inform­al employ­er cer­ti­fic­a­tion with at least the fol­low­ing data: 
        • Name and date of birth of the traveller
        • Date of stay (arrival and departure)
        • 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.


  • If the book­ing is made by the employ­er and the final invoice for the stay is issued to the employ­er no fur­ther cer­ti­fic­a­tion is needed

Freel­an­cers, self-employed indi­vidu­als and contractors:

  • Com­plete the self-cer­ti­fic­a­tion and include the busi­ness reas­on for trav­el­ling or your tax-id-number
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    • All the details on the form 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.

Your city tax exemp­tion on busi­ness trips

City tax exemp­tion is quite simple: the taxes are only due for privately arranged trips. As soon as you are trav­el­ing for busi­ness reas­ons, the hotel can refrain from cal­cu­lat­ing and for­ward­ing the city tax to the municipality.

BUT: The hotels are instruc­ted by the cit­ies to take the tax from the room bill only if it is clearly proven that the stay is for busi­ness reasons.

Every city demands dif­fer­ent doc­u­ments, so you are exactly right here on this page. Here you will always find cur­rent inform­a­tion and tem­plates that allow you to sleep tax-free in each city.