Language of document : ECLI:EU:C:2017:867

Joined Cases C374/16 and C375/16

Rochus Geissel
Finanzamt Neuss


Finanzamt Bergisch Gladbach
Igor Butin

(Requests for a preliminary ruling from the Bundesfinanzhof)

(References for a preliminary ruling — Taxation — Value added tax (VAT) — Directive 2006/112/EC — Article 168(a), Article 178(a) and Article 226(5) — Deduction of input tax — Compulsory content of invoices — Legitimate expectation on the part of the taxable person regarding the existence of the conditions giving rise to the right to deduct)

Summary — Judgment of the Court (Fifth Chamber), 15 November 2017

Harmonisation of fiscal legislation — Common system of value added tax — Deduction of input tax — Obligations of the taxable person — Holding of an invoice containing certain information — National legislation excluding the right to deduct where the address where the issuer carries out its economic activity is not indicated on the invoice — Not permissible

(Council Directive 2006/112, Arts 168(a), 178(a) and 226(5))

Article 168(a) and Article 178(a) of Council Directive 2006/112/EC of 28 November 2006 on the common system of value added tax, read in conjunction with Article 226(5) thereof, must be interpreted as precluding national legislation, such as that at issue in the main proceedings, which makes the exercise of the right to deduct input VAT subject to the condition that the address where the issuer of an invoice carries out its economic activity must be indicated on the invoice.

(see para. 50, operative part)