VAT Registration Germany

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VAT Registration in Germany

Are you an online seller who is doing business to or from Germany? If so, maybe you need a VAT registration in Germany!

With Hellotax you can handle your VAT registrations in any country and automate all tasks that will be required from the point of registration: no matter if filing VAT returns, additional VAT registrations or communication with local tax authorities.

When do I need to register for VAT in Germany?

Are you not sure whether you are liable for VAT in Germany? If your company is located in an EU member state other than Germany, then only two factors are relevant for you as an online seller that make you liable for VAT in Germany:
1. Storage in Germany and 2. Reaching the VAT delivery threshold limit.

Reason 1:
Storage in Germany

As soon as you store goods in Germany, you become liable to pay VAT there and a VAT registration Germany is mandatory.

One of the main reasons why online sellers have to register for VAT in an EU country is because they are storing goods on site. Storage in another member state makes registering for VAT mandatory.

If you store goods in Germany, you have to make a VAT registration in Germany. This regulation also applies to the storage of goods in Amazon’s fulfilment centers. 

For example, if you store your products in Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland with the “Central Europe” FBA programme, you must also register for VAT in these three countries and declare and pay your tax there in future.

Reason 2:
VAT Threshold Limit

You need to register for VAT in Germany when your turnover of sales to Germany within a year is higher than €100,000

In addition to storage of, it is mainly reaching the VAT registration threshold of a country which requires sellers to register for VAT in additional EU countries.

This VAT threshold is a limit which is set individually by each country, above which local VAT registration becomes necessary. How do you reach this limit? For this, the turnover from exports to the target country within a calendar year is considered. In Germany, the VAT delivery threshold is €100,000.

Example: If a seller who is registered for VAT  in France sells to Germany, he must register for VAT in Germany as well as soon as he is about to sell goods worth more than  €100,000 from France to Germany within one calendar year.

Do any of the above scenarios apply to you? Do you need to register for VAT in Germany or should you have done so in the past? No need to worry! Contact us and we will take care of the VAT registration, all future tasks and ensure that you can sell compliantly to and from Germany. Check out all our services

New VAT regulations as of 01 July 2021

As of 1 July 2021, the delivery thresholds as we know them will be abolished. There will no longer be a country-specific threshold for each member state, but a Europe-wide delivery threshold of EUR 10,000. If an online trader sells within the EU and has an annual turnover of at least 10,000 EUR with sales to other EU countries, then the seller has to register for VAT in each country he or she is selling to!
Storage as another reason for having to register for VAT remains.

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How to register for VAT in Germany?

By reaching or overstepping the delivery threshold or storing goods within the German borders, a German VAT ID becomes mandatory. To avoid trouble with the German tax system, you should take care of this matter as early as possible and register for VAT in Germany.

For the application of a VAT ID in Germany, you have to contact your local office of the “Finanzamt”, that’s what the German tax office is called. Simply find your local Finanzamt online and apply either online or by mail.. or simply in the hellotax VAT software.

What documents do you need to register for VAT in Germany?

If you want to register for VAT in Germany, there are various documents you need to provide to the tax administration. The documents required for VAT registration within the EU always depend on the country as certain countries need additional documents or specific form in the local language. For the VAT registration in Germany, you will definitely need:
  • VAT certificate to prove the business is registered for VAT elsewhere in the EU, if appropriate
  • Memorandum of Association (copy)
  • Articles of Association (copy)
  • An extract from the company’s national trade register
  • Proof of the planned business (e.g., contracts or bills)

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the format of the VAT registration number in Germany?

Name

Umsatzsteuer-Identifikationsnummer

(USt.-IdNr.) / Umsatzsteuernummer

Country Code

DE

Format

DE + 9 characters

Example

DE123456789

Which VAT rates are there in Germany?

In Germany, the standard VAT rate is 19% and it applies for most goods and services sold in Germany. There is also a reduced rate of 7% which applies for example for books or water supplies. Under certain conditions, a zero VAT rate can also apply (0%).

When and how often do I need to file VAT returns in Germany?

When and how often you need to file VAT returns in Germany depends on your annual turnover. The filing periods can be monthly, quarterly or annually. Clarify with your tax advisor which filing scheme applies to you.

How long does it take to get a German VAT number?

After all the documents are submitted to the authorities and the registration process is completed, it takes about 11 weeks until you receive your German VAT number. This long waiting time is related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the additional workload for the tax authorities.