VAT refund due to taxpayer on pharmaceutical rebates

The Dutch Court of First Instance has found in favour of the taxpayer in a case involving indirect rebates paid to pharmaceutical companies. In essence, the court granted a refund of VAT to a pharmaceutical company based on the CJEU Boehringer case (C-462/16), although the pharmaceutical company was not obliged to grant the rebates under national law. Although the case was concerned with price arrangements with the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, it is possible that the same rationale could be applied to other rebate schemes, such as rebate arrangements between pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies.

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