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German updates intra-community VAT requirements

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  • 26 April 2013 | Richard Asquith

German updates intra-community VAT requirements

Germany has provided updated guidance on the documentation required when bringing goods into Germany from another EU member state.  This is an important element of the German Value Added Tax compliance regime.

Companies will need to provide the “Gelangensbestätigung” entry document where goods are sent across the German border by post and where there is therefore no shipping documentation.  This latest amendment to the German VAT compliance regime will come into effect from October 2013.

The requirement for the above is to enable to selling of goods across the German frontier at zero VAT as an intra-community supply.


VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He is part of the European leadership team which this year won International Tax Review's Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.