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VAT-Refund for Foreign Exhibitors

Foreign companies that are willing to demonstrate their products and services in a trade fair in Germany may have to apply for a VAT refund subject to the location of their business in other countries. VAT will be paid back to companies from other EU-Member States. The companies from non-EU states have the ability to get a VAT refund if no VAT or similar tax is charged in their native country or if the foreign government has made a reciprocity agreement with Germany.

In principle foreign exhibitors must obtain a temporary VAT number (Mehrwertsteuernummer) from the nearest tax office (Finanzamt) to the trade fair.

In general, expenses will be reimbursed for the following:

♦   Trade fair expenses (exhibition booth rental, assembly, construction, etc.)
♦   Accommodation and travel expenses (hotel, taxi, food, parking fees, etc.)
♦   Expenses incurred while visiting customers in Germany
♦   Service costs (interpreters, advertising, catering, etc.

All invoices should be acquired and delivered to the Federal Central Tax Office making a formal request for VAT refund. The procedure is known as ''input tax refund procedure'' alias Vorsteuer-Verg├╝tungsverfahren in German. This should be kept in mind that the VAT refund application must be received by the Federal Central Tax Office within six months after a purchase.

IMPORTENT LINKS

Vat refund in Germany
Germany Vat rate
German Vat Rule
German Vat Registration
VAT Refund for Foreign Exhibitors

 



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