The Utility Tax Avoidance Program (UTAP) is a great way for eligible DoD personnel (who reside in housing on the economy) to save money on utility bills. UTAP legally allows you to avoid paying German tax on certain utilities. With UTAP, you can save up to 19% value added tax on electricity and natural gas and 7% on water. This program can save you and the US Government hundreds of dollars annually on your utilities.

US Armed Forces members, military and civilian, fall under the current Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with Germany and are entitled to the tax-free delivery of electricity, gas, and/or water, when residing on the German economy.  These utilities must be metered in the sponsor’s name in order for them to legally receive tax-relief.  The utilities are taxed at 19% for electricity and gas, 7% for water.  We currently have contracts with over a dozen German utility companies in nd around the Kaiserslautern area.

The UTAP application form needs to be filled out and brought into the VAT Office to sign up for the utility tax-relief.  Please read through the application thoroughly to ensure that you understand what is expected.

When you sign the application for our program you are signing a contract.

You will also need to bring in your application, a copy of your orders, your local banking information (routing and account number), a copy of your rental agreement signed by the housing office (your deed if you own your home) and a fee of $99.00.  If other than the sponsor, you will need to bring a Power of Attorney.

Next, click on UTAP  Providers, which lists all you need to know about each utility company we deal with.  You will see addresses, phone numbers, points of contact and fax numbers to help you get your utilities set up.