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Due to a change in law in Germany on January 1st 2019 Hood.de needs to acquire additional information from its sellers. In order to undermine tax evasion (specifically from non-European sellers) Hood may be liable for the unpaid VAT (value added tax) of its sellers starting on the 1st of March 2019. Therefore German law requires Hood to collect the VAT identification number and a VAT certificate from each commercial seller in order to confirm the tax registration of this seller in Germany (or the EU). The following guideline shows you what needs to be done in order to keep selling on Hood.de.
If you are not liable for tax in Germany according to § 3 UStG, because ...
... you only deliver goods to Germany from a Non-European country (direct sales), please contact our seller support. This is the case e.g. when you deliver products directly from China to your customers in Germany.
... your imports to Germany do not exceed a certain threshold per year (according to § 3c Abs. 3 UStG), please contact our seller support, so that we can assist you.
Phone: +49 (0)2421-3859912 (Monday-Friday 9:30-17:30)
Step 1: Do I need to register for VAT in Germany?
If you want to sell goods to customers in Germany via German online-marketplaces or selling platforms (sales that are subject to German VAT) you need to register for tax purposes in Germany.
You need to insert your VAT identification number and upload your VAT certificate not later then:
- March 1st 2019 for all non-EU sellers
- October 1st 2019 for all EU-sellers including Germany.
For further questions please contact your tax advisor.
Step 2: How can I register for VAT identification number and/or certificate?
If you are not registered yet, start your registration process with the German tax authorities and apply for a VAT identification number and a VAT certificate (Bescheinigung nach §22f UStG). If you are already registered in Germany or any other EU-country you should already have a VAT identification number and therefore only need to apply for the VAT certificate.
If your company is based in Germany please contact your local tax authorities. If your company is not based in Germany please contact the following institution in charge for your country:
To start the registration process please inquire a questionnaire in your native language to apply for a German VAT registration using the email address above.
To apply for a certificate
use this application
, insert your company's data and mail it to the corresponding address. For exampe: if you are registered in Spain you should already have a VAT number (ESX9999999X). You only need to apply for the VAT certificate. Following the link above you will find out that the tax office in Kassel-Hofgeismar is the office supporting all sellers from Spain. Therefore you fill out the application and mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any difficulties in locating the right tax office, just contact us and we will gladly assist you.
Step 3: How can I complete the process?
You will receive your VAT identification number and a VAT certificate from the German tax authorities. Please insert number and certificate here.
The VAT certificate will look identical to this this form:
Further information is provided by the German Federal Ministry of Finance: