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Uncertainty of retention period for German VAT invoices

  • Aug 10, 2013 | Richard Asquith

Uncertainty of retention period for German VAT invoices

There remains uncertainty as to the progress of the Bill to reduce the period for which companies must retain German VAT invoices.

In April 2013, an Act was introduced to reduce the invoice retention period as follows:

  • from 2013 invoices would only have to be held for eight years instead of the current ten years
  • from January 2015 invoices would then only have to be stored for seven years

However, the Bundesrat continues to block the time period reduction, and it has been referred to the Tax Mediation Committee


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 can be contacted at: richard.asquith@avalara.com. He is part of the European leadership team which won International Tax Review's 2019 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.