Apply for German VAT number
When do you need a German VAT number?
You need a German VAT number if:
- you buy goods, stock up locally, and then sell them again in Germany.
- you buy goods in Germany, and then deliver them to other EU countries or export them to countries outside the EU.
- You export excisable goods (alcoholic products, tobacco products and/or mineral oils).
- You are importing goods into Germany from outside the EU. Then you sell them within the EU.
- you sell products through Amazon.*
- moves your own goods to Germany (fictitious Intra-Community supply).
*Amazon.de asks for a VAT registration number. When you sell products online through Pan-European FBA program, you have to register directly for VAT in various EU countries.
One Stop Shop VAT applications Germany
Since July 1, 2021, the threshold amounts for intra-EU distance sales by EU country have expired. Here is 1 joint threshold amount of €10,000 in its place (valid for all intra-EU distance sales of goods, along with sales of digital services to EU consumers).
Once you exceed the threshold amount of €10,000, you charge the VAT rate of the EU country where your customer is located. Then you qualify for the One Stop Shop. You then file one VAT return per quarter with the Internal Revenue Service. Which then ensures that all VAT is distributed to the correct countries.
You can arrange your foreign VAT return in 2 ways:
1. You file a local VAT return for each EU country in which you sold.
2. You file a One Stop Shop return with the Internal Revenue Service once a quarter. To do so, sign up your company for the "Union Scheme" within the new one-stop system.
To use Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA), you will need a German VAT number. If you don’t, your Amazon account will be blocked immediately. Amazon.de requires a Steuer number and a German VAT number (UstId.Nr) for selling through Amazon FBA from its German distribution center.
Did you get those in? Then you can sign up for Amazon FBA and the products are often with the customer by the next day.
What do you get when you apply for a German VAT number?
Applying for a German VAT number involves two documents, namely:
1. Steuernummer: The German VAT number. For example: DE0123456789;
2. Umsatzsteuer-Identifikationsnummer (USt-IdNr.): German tax identification number (German Tax ID).
If we apply for the German VAT number for you, we will arrange these documents for you.
As an international seller, you must be EPR-compliant in all EU countries, including Germany.
Check carefully whether you need to have these EPR registrations in Germany:
- ElektroG (WEEE)
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We can arrange VAT registration for you in any EU country, and do VAT returns for you in any EU country.
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Do you have inventory stored abroad because you sell through Amazon FBA, for example, or use a European fulfillment center? Then you need an European VAT registration in that country! Save yourself the paperwork and let us apply for your VAT registration.
Where can I use the VAT registration?
You can use the VAT number for any business purpose. For example, when selling through Amazon, Bol.com, Shopify or another platform. The number is also valid if you are going to do business locally that requires a European VAT number.
You need a VAT number when you store stock in another EU country or when you go over a country’s threshold amount. You need to keep an eye on this: especially if you sell through marketplaces such as Amazon, Bol.com or Shopify.
Not sure if you need a VAT number? Let’s have a chat. We can also apply for a VAT number for you.
In every EU country! Is the country in which you want a VAT number not listed? Then contact us and we’ll see how we can help you.
The One Stop Shop (OSS) arrangement allows you to declare your cross-border sales in one portal. For example, you no longer need VAT registration in every country unless you stock up there. Do you sell more than €10,000,- annually to other EU countries? Then you qualify for the One Stop Shop. Sign up for the One Stop Shop can be done through “My Tax Business”.
Your sales should then be reported quarterly in your One Stop Shop declaration. Here you specify how much VAT you have to pay in each European country, depending on the local VAT rate of your products.
If you declare your VAT through the One Stop Shop, but also have stock in another EU country, you still need a VAT number there. A good rule of thumb is that you need VAT registration in a country as soon as you have stock there.
Want to save time and let us do your One Stop Shop declaration?
As a seller on Amazon, you have the choice to opt for Amazon FBA: this way, you distribute your inventory across Amazon’s European fulfillment centers in a snap. A good option if you want to go international! With FBA, your products also get to customers faster, and you have a better chance of winning the Buy Box.
If you choose Amazon Pan European FBA, Amazon will distribute your inventory across several countries. Because you’re stocking up there, you need a VAT number in each of those countries. To make it a little easier for you, we’ve put those countries into one package. You get a VAT number for each Pan-European country, so you can start selling right away. Our package includes one:
- German VAT number
- Polish VAT number
- Czech VAT number
- French VAT number
- Spanish VAT number
- Italian VAT number
Are all the VAT numbers in? Then we can also make sure that you remain VAT-compliant in these countries. That way, you no longer have to worry about your VAT, and you have more time left over to grow your business.
If you have a VAT registration abroad, you will also have to file VAT returns there. How often and when to do so, depends on the country. It can be monthly, or quarterly.
We understand that you don’t feel like doing all the VAT administration. So leave it to us: link your sales accounts to Staxcloud, so we can always accurately file your European VAT return. Then you won’t spend any more time on VAT returns.
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