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Request for a preliminary ruling from Vestre Landsret (Denmark) dated 18 August 2017, C&D Foods Acquisition ApS v Skatteministeriet

(Case C-502/17)

Language of the case: Danish

Referring Court

Vestre Landsret


Applicant: C&D Foods Acquisition ApS

Defendant: Skatteministeriet

Questions referred

1)    Should Article 168 of Directive 2006/112/EC 1 be interpreted as meaning that a holding company, in circumstances such as those in the main proceedings, is entitled to a full deduction of VAT on input services related to due diligence investigations before an envisaged, but not completed, sale of shares in a subsidiary to which the holding company supplies management and IT services that are subject to VAT?

2)    Is the answer to the above question affected by the fact that the price for the VAT taxable management and IT services, which the holding company supplies for the purposes of its economic activity, is a fixed amount corresponding to the holding company’s expenditure on employees’ salaries, with the addition of a ‘mark-up’ of 10%?

3)    Irrespective of the answer to the foregoing questions, can a right of deduction exist if the consultancy costs at issue in the main proceedings are regarded as general costs, and if so, on what conditions?


1 Council Directive 2006/112/EC of 28 November2006 on the common system of value added tax (OJ 2006 L 347, p. 1)