VAT issues for Amazon sellers to Germany



Recently a new law was passed by Germany which makes marketplaces liable for any kind of VAT fraud that is happening on their platforms. This has prompted platforms like Amazon and eBay to require their sellers to provide them with a form F22, in order to avoid the liability. This form allows the marketplaces to be excluded from the liability but also lets the relevant authorities to access all sales data from the past.

The German authorities have made clear that any prior evasions will also be picked up and all evasions will be investigated and dealt with accordingly.

The Tax Certificate

All EU and Non-EU companies that are registered for VAT in Germany (Companies that do not have to be registered for VAT in Germany do require this Certificate) have to get a Tax Certificate, you need to perform the following steps to apply for the certificate to avoid getting your account suspended from selling in or to Germany.

1. Make sure you have a VAT certificate with the correct validity.

Make sure you are registered for VAT and have submitted all returns properly on time if not, make sure this is done and all prior returns are submitted.

2. Complete form USt 1 TJ form

You will need to complete the form with all the required information, ask your German Accountant or us to help you fill this out. You can download the form here.

3. Send it to the correct tax authority in Germany

Every country has its own assigned tax office inside Germany. Make sure to send the form to the correct authority. You can find your local tax office here.

4. Receive the F22 confirmation from each marketplace

If all goes well and the review is positive you will receive an F22 confirmation, the confirmation is valid for 6 months.

5. Upload the confirmation to your marketplace account

Your marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay will show you where to upload this confirmation.

Important things to Note:

When do I need to register for VAT in Germany?

  • You will need to register for VAT in Germany when you go above the selling threshold of € 100,000 (Net Sales) or the day you start storing goods in a German warehouse, whichever happens first.

I should have registered for VAT in Germany, what now?

  • You need to register now for both a German Tax ID and VAT ID from the time you got accountable, not registering can result in criminal prosecution.

Will past VAT be payable?

  • You will have to pay for all prior periods for which you are liable, interest and penalties will apply.

How long till I get my F22 confirmation

  • There is a huge backlog for this document and due to the huge demand, it can take several weeks. The confirmation is only valid for 6 months.

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