German VAT returns

Mehrwertsteuer (VAT) is charged on most goods and services that businesses provide in Germany. It is essential that businesses comply with German VAT requirements which can be complex and often very different to the rules in other countries. Any mistake can lead to financial penalties and interest charges by the German tax office.

Examples of supplies carried out in Germany where German VAT may have to be charged by a business include:

  • supplies carried out by international exhibition organisers in Germany
  • supplies of goods to customers in Germany which have been purchased or stored in Germany before the supply
  • distance sales from another country to customers in Germany
  • coach transport in Germany

Our Tax Services Department can assist your business with the VAT registration process and the preparation of the German VAT returns. Our bilingual professionals ensure an efficient and timely service.

Gunnar Pohl

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