Request for a preliminary ruling from the Verwaltungsgerichtshof (Austria) lodged on 15 November 2019 — CS v Finanzamt Graz-Stadt

(Case C-844/19)

Language of the case: German

Referring court


Parties to the main proceedings

Appellants on a point of law: CS, Finanzamt Graz-Stadt

Interveners: Finanzamt Judenburg Liezen, technoRent International GmbH

Questions referred

1.    Is there a rule with direct effect under EU law that grants a taxpayer to whom the tax office, in circumstances such as those in the main proceedings, has not refunded a turnover tax credit in good time entitlement to interest for late payment, with the result that he can claim that entitlement before the tax office or before the administrative courts, even though national law does not provide for such a rule on interest?

If Question 1 is answered in the affirmative:

2.    Is it permissible also in the case of a turnover tax claim made by the taxable person as a result of a subsequent reduction of consideration under Article 90(1) of Council Directive 2006/112/EC of 28 November 2006 on the common system of value added tax 1 that interest begins to accrue only after expiry of a reasonable period for the tax office to assess the lawfulness of the entitlement claimed by the taxable person?

3.    Does the fact that the national law of a Member State does not provide for any rule on interest in respect of the late crediting of turnover tax credits mean that the national courts must, when calculating interest, apply the legal consequence laid down by the second subparagraph of Article 27(2) of Council Directive 2008/9/EC of 12 February 2008 laying down detailed rules for the refund of value added tax, provided for in Directive 2006/112/EC, to taxable persons not established in the Member State of refund but established in another Member State, 2 even though the main proceedings do not fall within the scope of that directive?


1 OJ 2006 L 347, p. 1.

2 OJ 2008 L 44, p. 23.