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EU VAT registration - VAT in Germany

VAT registration in Germany

General Information:

Foreign companies that sell their products and services abroad do not need to register VAT in Germany. This is because of the encouraging free internal market introduced by the European Union.


VAT registration in Germany for companies:

However, there are exceptions. In some situations, despite the fact that the location of the company or branch of the company is not located in Germany, the company must register VAT in Germany. If you know that you need to register VAT in Germany, do not hesitate and  contact us and we will help you.


When is VAT registration in Germany required?

⇒ The products are stored in Germany and sold to German customers; 

⇒  You rent a German consignment warehouse and sell products to German customers; 

⇒  Using the German Amazon Fulfilment Service (FBA) as a German service provider for shipping products from a warehouse in Germany;

Purchase and sale of products in Germany without leaving products from the country of purchase or sale;

warehousing goods in Germany;

sale of goods from Germany to other EU countries;

Sending products between and another EU member state (intra-Community supplies);

⇒ if the company is not registered as a VAT entity in Germany but receives a service in Germany according to the reverse charge rules;

⇒ Organizing live events (conferences related to art or education) in Germany;

⇒ if the company is not registered as a VAT entity in Germany but receives a service in Germany according to the reverse charge rules;

⇒ Own delivery of goods.

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What do we offer?

We offer you a number of solutions related to online sales. Thanks to the experience gained and foreign sales activities, we were able to expand the range of services we offer.

What do we offer?

System to support e-commerce activities, VAT registration in European countries, Amazon account reinstatement and more.

How can I register VAT in Germany?

You must submit an application for German VAT registration with the relevant tax office in your region. The official language is German, and tax forms are generally available only in German. This means that even when registering a foreign company for German VAT, correspondence with the relevant tax authority will be in German.

It should be noted that German tax offices are very critical when it comes to VAT registration from foreign companies and often ask a lot of questions. Given the losses in billions per year in the European Union as a result of fictitious companies, the increased controls are intended to ensure that companies that should be registered for VAT purposes make such registration. These test processes lead to longer waiting times for VAT registration, which can usually take up to several weeks.



Local VAT number

DE + 9 chararacters

Country Code


Mail order threshold

100 000 €

VAT declaration submission

- Monthly
- Quarterly if the declared VAT from the previous month does not exceed € 7,500
- Annually if the declared VAT in the previous month does not exceed € 1,000

Registration Waiting Time

Up to 2 months

Annual Declaration

Yes. Mandatory for companies with monthly or quarterly billing.

Standard VAT Rate


Reduced VAT Rate


Member state of the European Union

Yes, since 1957.