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Webinar: Things e-commerce sellers need to know about German VAT

February 27, 2019 / 10:00 am - 10:30 am UTC+1

Webinar: Things e-commerce sellers need to know about German VAT

Ten days left! The grace period for German VAT compliance for (non-EU) e-commerce sellers is ending! 

On 1 August 2018, the German government endorsed a draft law of the “Act to precent VAT losses from trade over the Internet and further amendments to tax provisions”. The draft law has introduced third party liability rules for online marketplaces. According to the new regulations, providers of online marketplaces shall be obliged to record the details of transactions by taxble persons conducted via online marketplace where the transport of the goods either starts or ends within Germany. Secondly, the new regulations will hold providers of online marketplaces liable for unpaid German VAT on the supplies of goods by online sellers if they are not registred for VAT purposes in Germany .  The draft law came into force on 1 January 2019. However, a grace period is give until 1 March 2019, that marketplaces can become liable for the unpaid VAT of non-EU and non-EEA online sellers. The respective potential liability for EU/EEA traders will apply from 1 October 2019 onwards.

We suggest that all online sellers sells or store goods to German clients via online marketplace or intend to enter the German e-commerce market should pay attention to the new German VAT rules and apply for the Certificate of registration for tax purposes (Bescheinigung nach §22f UStG. )before 1 March 2019! Furthmore, sellers without residence in the EU/EEA shall need to appoint an authorized agent as part of the application for the certificate.

This is why we have launched our next webinar “Webinar: Things e-commerce sellers need to know about German VAT” before the deadline on Wednesday, February 27th at 10 am German time (5 pm Beijing time).

In the Webinar, you will learn the key things about the German/European VAT regulations, from VAT obligations as a non-EU seller, to VAT registration and how to report VAT.

European buyers are used to the VAT in the final price of the products. VAT compliance is absolutely mandatory when selling within the EU. The VAT might seem complicated and scary, but it does not have to be like that for you, because we, Ecovis Beijing will guide you through the VAT jungle all the way through and let you focus on growing your online sales.

Webinar information:

Date: February 27, 2019,

Time: 10 am (German time), 5 pm (Beijing time).

Webinar registration:

Please send an email to heidelberg@ecovis-beijing.com.

We are looking forward to your participation!


Ecovis Beijing German VAT Compliance Services

  • VAT registration
  • VAT De-Registration
  • EORI registration
  • Monthly VAT return
  • VAT return – NIL return
  • Annual VAT Return
  • Intrastat services
  • EC Sales Lists
  • VAT representation
  • VAT advisory

About the speaker:

Zhiruo Zhao (Ecovis Beijing)

Zhiruo Zhao joined Ecovis Beijing in 2016 and is a Manager in Business Development and Marketing at Ecovis Beijing Heidelberg office. Ms. Zhao graduated with a Master Degree from University Heidelberg. She advises our Chinese clients on establishing and operating businesses in Germany. She is fluent in Chinese, German, English and Spanish.

For more information, please contact:

Mail: zhiruo.zhao@ecovis-beijing.com


February 27, 2019
10:00 am - 10:30 am
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