German VAT invoice requirements
Date of issuance and storage of German invoices
German VAT invoices must be issued at the latest six months after the taxable supply. Invoices must be stored for eight years. Germany, like all EU member states, now permits the use of electronic invoices under certain conditions.
German invoice requirements
- Invoices must contain at least the following basic information:
- Date of issuance
- A unique, sequential number
- VAT number of the supplier
- Full address of the supplier and customer
- Full description of the goods or services provided
- Details of quantities of goods, if applicable
- A date of the supply if different from the invoice date
- The net, taxable value of the supply
- The VAT rate applied, and the amount of VAT
- Details to support zero VAT – export, reverse charge or intra-community supply
- The total, gross value of the invoice
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Latest German news
February 22, 2019
The German Bundesministerium der Finanzen has delayed to 15 April 2019 the requirement for online marketplaces to have captured their third-party sellers’ new Tax Certificates. The marketplace USt 1 TI Tax Certificate confirms the VAT registered status of non-resident online sellers. From 1 March 2019, all non-EU sellers were to have these granted and passed to the marketplaces.
January 25, 2019
The European Commission (EC) has proposed switching from unanimous to majority voting on EU VAT and other tax policies. The aim is to progress fiscal reforms which face immovable opposition from just a limited number of member states.
January 17, 2019
The German tax authorities will require sellers using online marketplaces to register for a new tax compliance certificate, ‘F22’. It will apply to non-EU sellers from 1 March 2019, and EU sellers from 1 October 2019.
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