Let’s focus on the registration and the the VAT rate – Germany. At first, there are two possible circumstances when you have to register for VAT in Germany. Either when you ship your goods from an Amazon Fulfillment Center which is located in Germany or if you use a warehouse abroad within the EU and you sell to Germany and reach the annual threshold limit of 100.000 € (~ 108.000 USD). You can register online or via paper form and you need to send the documents listed below to the local VAT office. After 2-8 weeks, you’ll receive you VAT number, depending on the country.
What kind of documents do you need? (original/photocopy/notarized copy?)
Proof of VAT or tax registration in its country of origin (Original)
The certificate of incorporation and an excerpt of the Trade Register in your home country (Copy)
Proof of signature; the company’s Articles of Association (Copy)
An extract from the national company registrar as proof of existence,
Proof of the planned trade
Proof of taxable transactions
Last but not least, a Letter of Authority or Power of Attorney Proof of VAT or tax registration in its country of origin if you have hired a Fiscal Representative
You might have to hand in further documents according to the agreement with the tax authorities but this differs from country to country and sometimes even from company to company. The documents above are always required.
|VAT rate – Germany|
|VAT Standard rate||19 %|
|Reduced rate||7 %|