Assume I'm a VAT registered sole trader in Austria working as a handyman. As a one off, I go to Germany and paint a wall for a non-business, that is consumer. Which VAT rate is applicable and how do I pay it to which country?
This EU help article doesn't help much. My gut feeling is that I will have to charge German (consumer country) rates and pay to the German state. But that means I'd have to register with the German authorities which seems quite a lot of effort just for painting one wall. One way out would be that I am treated just like an German sole trader who does not need to register for VAT unless they have an turnover exceeding 17.5k€ pa. But does that mean I could basically avoid VAT in every EU country up to the threshold?