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VAT representation in Germany

Have you or your company carried out a delivery or other service in Germany, which requires you to register for VAT purposes? WW+KN will take care of your VAT direct identification, your tax representation in Germany and the ongoing VAT compliance and communication vis-á-vis the German tax authorities. You can send the documents required to WW+KN by email, fax or post.

We will list the following cases as examples where by it may be necessary to register for VAT in Germany:

  • A foreign company has a consignment warehouse in Germany and delivers goods from there to German customers. The foreign company must register for VAT purposes with regard to its German consignment warehouse and prove payment of German VAT for the delivery of goods from this warehouse.

  • A foreign travel agency organises a trip in Germany and appoints subcontractors (e.g. bus companies). The subcontractors will apply the reverse charge procedure with regard to the foreign travel agency which creates an obligation for the foreign agency to register for VAT with regard to the German reverse charge turnover.

  • A foreign company imports goods into the European Union via the port in Hamburg and pays German import VAT there. From Hamburg the goods are transported to other EU or non-EU countries. With regard to imported and onward-transported goods, the foreign company must register in Germany for VAT purposes.

Within the context of your tax representation in Germany, WW+KN will complete the following tasks for you:

  • VAT registration of your company with the local tax authorities

  • Application for a German VAT identification number

  • Preparation and filing of monthly or quarterly preliminary VAT reports to the local tax authorities

  • Completion and handling of any other reports that may be required (e.g. INTRASTAT)

  • Check your company's incoming and outgoing invoices to ensure they fulfill German VAT requirements

  • Complete the annual VAT returns

  • Check your VAT notices from the tax office

  • Correspond with the tax authorities and other financial authorities

If you have more questions or are interested in working with WW+KN, please contact us here. If you would like us to take care of your VAT registration in Germany, we will send you a checklist of required documents. Your contact person for these services is Matthias Winkler.

As a member of SBC Global Alliance, WW+KN can coordinate international VAT compliance requirements worldwide.