A VAT refund guide to Germany

How to get VAT Refunds from Germany for your business
If your business is registered outside of Germany, you may be able to claim VAT refunds on costs incurred within Germany.
The below information details the requirements needed to be eligible for a VAT refund. This includes claimable expense types, Germany VAT rates, deadlines and claiming periods.

Which countries have reciprocity with Germany?

All EU countries, Andorra, Antigua, Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bermudas, British Virgin Islands, Brunei Darussalam, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Canada, Cayman Islands, China(Taiwan), Gibraltar, Greenland, Grenada, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Iceland, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Korea (People?s Rep), Korea(ROK), Kuwait, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Macao, Maldives, Marshal Islands, Macedonia, Norway, New Zealand, Oman, Qatar, Pakistan, St Vincent, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, United States of America, Vatican City

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What expenses are claimable in Germany?


(Not claimable) 0%
Hotels & Accommodation
7% & 19%


Conferences, Trade Shows & Exhibitions
Training Courses & Seminars

Travel Related

Car Rental
0% & 19%
Public Transport
7% & 19%
7% & 19%

General Expenses

Inter-company charges
Office Expenses
Marketing Costs
Professional Fees & AP invoices

Additional Information

How far back can your business claim VAT from Germany?
January - December of previous year for all countries
What’s the foreign VAT deadline in Germany?
30 September for companies that are based inside the EU (including Canary Islands and Monaco). 30 June for companies that are based outside the EU (excluding Canary Islands and Monaco).
How long does it take to receive a VAT refund from Germany?
Depending on the complexity of your application and the capacity at the VAT authority, it can take up to 6 months for an EU company and up to 10 months for non-EU companies to receive a VAT refund from Germany

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