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VAT | Value-Added-Tax Registration in Germany

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VAT Registration in Germany

VAT or Value Added Tax in the EU is generally adopted consumption tax assessed on the added value of all goods and services. Germany builds its VAT rules based on laws, or Directives, issued from Brussels by the European Union. Read to learn some key points about VAT registration in Germany. 

Let’s overview the list of people obliged to register for VAT in the European Union. Businesses registered in EU countries apply for VAT if their 12-month turnover approaches or exceeds a certain threshold. Each country independently sets the size of the threshold value and the time required for registration as a VAT payer. In Germany, the current threshold for VAT registration for both goods and services suppliers is €22,000. There are common scenarios when VAT registration in Germany is permitted. Here they are

  • Import of goods in Germany;
  • The organisation of live events, conferences, etc;
  • Storing goods in German warehouses as stock or resale;
  • Acquisition of goods in Germany that are the subject of further resale inside the country;
  • Selling of goods from Germany to other EU countries;
  • Distance selling f.e Internet retails.

Vat registration in Germany usually takes up to 3 weeks, although the terms may vary. 

Need to register for VAT in another EU country? Chern&Co can assist you with VAT registration in Ireland!

Benefits of Being VAT registered

Even though VAT registration feels like an obligation, businesses can also benefit from it as well! There are three great benefits of being VAT registered that businesses can voluntarily enjoy. 

Increased Credibility 

Displaying your VAT number on all official documentation, website, and stationery will give your business a more trustworthy image. Most people are aware of the VAT threshold, so you give customers a more realistic image of what you are. 

Claim VAT Refunds

Once registered, you can demand refunds for all goods and services your business acquires. This is how your selling price remains competitive and you are able to recover from VAT on your costs. 

Reclaim VAT Refunds from the Past

You can reclaim VAT for certain items you purchased prior to registration. This requires a business to be operating for this length of time and keeping the VAT invoices and records for the period. 

VAT Tax Rate in Germany

The standard Value Added Tax rate in Germany is 19.0%. However, certain categories of traders are subject to a reduced VAT rate.  A reduced rate of 7% is applied to some foodstuffs, short-term hotel accommodations, some timber for industrial use, etc. The subject for zero taxation rate is intra-community and international transport except for road and rail and some inland waterways transport.

Looking for VAT registration outside EU? Chern & Co can help you with VAT registration in Great Britain as well!

VAT Registration in Germany with Chern & Co

The Price Of VAT Registration in Germany with Chern & Co is €400. We cooperate with our German partners who act as responsible for the submission of your VAT registration application to revenue. We stick to the same legal procedure so you do not have to worry about anything. Contact our managers to get a more extensive consultation about your particular case!

VAT | Value-Added-Tax Registration in Germany

What’s Included:

  • Assistance with preparation
  • Filing of all necessary documents for VAT DE registration

What You Need To Know

Frequently Asked Questions

Setting up a company in Ireland carries plenty of benefits. These are the smooth process of annual returns submission, low Ireland corporate tax rate (lowest in the EU), official documentation in English, access to the European market, the brilliant reputation of Ireland as a business-friendly country, availability of progressive and educated workforce.

It takes just a few hours to fill in and prepare necessary company documents and forms. Once documents are submitted to the CRO, it usually takes 3-5 days to issue a company registration number. Due to the impact of Covid-19, the Companies Registration Office may process applications for up to 2 weeks.

Yes, there is no need to physically come to Ireland to set up a company. Certainly, you are more than welcome to visit the country. It’s beautiful! Forms are uploaded digitally using scanned pdf files of original signatures. Please note, CRO does not accept digital signatures done by typing a name or drawing a signature.

A company is a legal entity separate and distinct from those who own or run it. In order to incorporate a company a Form A1 shall be filled in and submitted together with a Constitution to the Registrar of Companies with scanned signed originals. Anyone can register a company themselves. However, it is advised to use a professional to ensure compliance with the Companies Act 2014. Each company must have a director and a secretary, must carry business in the state and have a registered office address in Ireland.

Limited company is a separate entity from a legal person. Ltd companies are limited by shares. If business is liquidated, the company’s liabilities are treated separately to those of its shareholders and directors, in a way, protecting them from debt and financial losses of the business itself. Partnerships, on the other hand, have limited and unlimited partners who are treated as legal persons. Unlimited partners are responsible for all debt and liabilities accrued by the business.

A company can be closed or wound up by a process called Voluntary Strike-Off. This is a quick and easy way to dissolve the company without any consequences for the founders and directors. Both trading and non-trading companies can be closed. The main criteria for eligibility would be no debts and no assets above €150. If this condition is not met, the company shall be liquidated or will be struck off the register by CRO by a process called Involuntary Strike Off with possibility of fine. Book in a free consultation to discuss winding up of your company.

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