German VAT Registration

German VAT return

VAT rates Germany

Just like in the Netherlands, Germany has 3 VAT rates: general, low and zero rate.

  • General or high VAT rate in Germany = 19%
  • Low VAT rate in Germany = 7%
  • The zero rate also exists as a VAT rate in Germany.

E-commerce figures Germany

  • German population = 83 million
  • 2020: 85% of the population in Germany buys online which is expected to increase to 95% by 2023

German e-commerce top 5 accounts for 47% of the revenue from the top 100:

  • = €10.5 billion
  • = €3.4 billion
  • = € 1.6 billion
  • = € 1.2 billion
  • Notebooksbilliger = €1.1 billion

VAT return term: Monthly

After applying for a German VAT number, you are obliged to file a periodic return for German sales tax.In the first year you do this 13 times; every month (12x) and an annual overview. Then 5 times a year, namely quarterly and an annual overview. You can submit your German VAT return via the German tax portal Elster.

What do I need to file my German VAT return?

If you have to file a German VAT return, you need a German VAT number. Don’t own this one yet? Then we are happy to help you with the application for your German VAT number.Declarations in Germany are made through the online portal called Elster. You will have to register yourself for this before we can do the VAT return for you.

How much does it cost to have my German VAT return filed?

Running your international e-commerce business deserves your attention. To file your German VAT return yourself, you need quite a bit of knowledge of the German tax system, the German language and the necessary documentation. As a result, most entrepreneurs find their tax administration extremely time-consuming and complicated.Our Staxxers are ready to take care of your VAT return for you. They simply let you know when and how you can pay your local VAT. The rest is arranged by us.Do you sell via 1 platform (for example Amazon, Zalando, Shopify, Ebay or your own webshop)?

Do you sell through multiple platforms?

  • Then we will arrange your VAT return for only € 119.95.

Need help with your German VAT return or don’t feel like arranging it yourself?We are happy to help you!

German VAT return