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Apply for the option for companies based in the EU to tax goods in the Mini-One-Stop-Shop (M1SS)

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)

Service Description

If you provide certain services to private individuals in other member states of the European Union (EU), you can declare and pay tax on the resulting turnover centrally using the Mini-One-Stop-Shop (M1SS) taxation procedure.

The Mini-One-Stop-Shop procedure is a special regulation in the area of VAT. The procedure allows you as an entrepreneur to pay tax on certain sales generated in the European Union (EU) centrally in one tax return. You only need to submit one tax return for all your sales generated in the EU that fall under the special scheme in the country in which your company is based. Under the one-stop shop principle, you can pay the resulting tax in one go.

As an entrepreneur, you can use this procedure if you

  • have your registered office in Germany and
  • offer telecommunications, radio and television services or electronically supplied services to private individuals in another EU member state.

You must always pay the VAT rate that applies in the EU member state in which the recipient of the service is based.

The procedure can only be used for sales in other EU member states in which you as an entrepreneur do not have a permanent establishment for VAT purposes.

As an entrepreneur, you can tax your sales generated in EU member states at the tax rate applicable in Germany and declare them to your competent tax office (exemption) if

  • your company is based in only one EU member state and
  • the total amount of services (excluding VAT) in the previous and current calendar year does not exceed EUR 10,000.

If you meet these requirements but still wish to participate in the procedure, you must inform the tax office in advance that you are waiving the exemption.

To participate in the Mini-One-Stop-Shop procedure, you must apply to the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt).

Registered companies must deregister from participation in the procedure in the following cases:

  • if the service is discontinued,
  • if the conditions for participation cease to apply in all EU member states,
  • in the event of registration in another EU Member State because the conditions for participation in Germany no longer apply, for example after relocating the registered office or closing a permanent establishment in Germany.

You must keep a record of the transactions carried out as part of the procedure so that your tax returns and payments can be checked for accuracy. Upon request, you must make the records available electronically to the BZSt or the centrally responsible authorities of the other EU member states.

You must submit your tax return electronically in the BZSt online portal (BOP) using the Mini-One-Stop-Shop procedure. If you discover that a tax return you have already submitted is incorrect, you must submit a correction via BOP.


Process flow

You must submit your tax return electronically in the BZSt online portal (BOP) using the Mini-One-Stop-Shop procedure.

  • To be able to participate in the Mini-One-Stop-Shop procedure, you must register in the BOP. You can find the form by going to "Forms & services / All forms" and then selecting the "Mini-One-Stop-Shop" procedure. Participation applies to all member states of the European Union (EU).
    • Note: If the exemption applies to you but you do not wish to use it, you must declare your waiver of the exemption to your tax office before registering for the procedure.
  • Once you have successfully applied for the procedure, you can submit your tax returns online. You can find the form by going to "Forms & services / All forms" and then selecting the "Mini-One-Stop-Shop" procedure.
  • When you submit your tax return, you must transfer the declared tax amounts to the bank account of the Bundeskasse Trier Sonderkonto EU/USt.

Please note:
If you already have an EOP certificate, the aforementioned registration process for the BOP is not required.

You can take part in the procedure from the first day of the calendar quarter following the application for registration in the BOP.

Requirements

The following may participate in the procedure:

  • Companies that
    • have their registered office in Germany and
    • offer telecommunications, radio and television services or services provided by electronic means to private individuals in another member state of the European Union (EU).

Further requirements:

  • You are registered in the BZStOnline-Portal (BOP) and have a BOP certificate.
  • If you can pay tax on your sales generated in member states of the European Union in Germany (exemption), but still wish to participate in the procedure: Waiver of application of the exemption to the responsible tax office.
Which documents are required?

No further documents are required.

What are the fees?

There are no costs.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
  • Tax return and payment for the 1st calendar quarter: by April 20
  • Tax return and payment for the 2nd calendar quarter: by July 20
  • Tax return and payment for the 3rd calendar quarter: by October 20
  • Tax return and payment for the 4th calendar quarter: by January 20 of the following year
  • Deregistration from the procedure: no later than the 10th day of the month following the change
  • Electronic notification of changes to registration data: no later than the 10th day of the month following the change in circumstances
  • Revocation of participation in the procedure: up to 15 days before the start of a new calendar quarter
  • Retention period for records: 10 years
Processing duration
  • for registration in the BOP: up to 6 weeks
  • for registration to participate in the Mini-One-Stop-Shop procedure: this takes effect from the first day of the calendar quarter following the application for registration
Legal basis
Appeal
  • Objection
  • Administrative court action
Applications / forms

Forms available: Yes
Written form required: Yes
Informal application possible: No
Personal appearance necessary: No

Online services available: Yes

What else should I know?

There are no indications or special features.

Author
Forwarding service: Deep link to the source portal

Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt)

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF)

Professionally released on

09.03.2022

Teaser

If you provide certain services to private individuals in other member states of the European Union (EU), you can declare and pay tax on the resulting turnover centrally using the Mini-One-Stop-Shop (M1SS) taxation procedure.

Process flow

You must submit your tax return electronically in the BZSt online portal (BOP) using the Mini-One-Stop-Shop procedure.

  • To be able to participate in the Mini-One-Stop-Shop procedure, you must register in the BOP. You can find the form by going to "Forms & services / All forms" and then selecting the "Mini-One-Stop-Shop" procedure. Participation applies to all member states of the European Union (EU).
    • Note: If the exemption applies to you but you do not wish to use it, you must declare your waiver of the exemption to your tax office before registering for the procedure.
  • Once you have successfully applied for the procedure, you can submit your tax returns online. You can find the form by going to "Forms & services / All forms" and then selecting the "Mini-One-Stop-Shop" procedure.
  • When you submit your tax return, you must transfer the declared tax amounts to the bank account of the Bundeskasse Trier Sonderkonto EU/USt.

Please note:
If you already have an EOP certificate, the aforementioned registration process for the BOP is not required.

You can take part in the procedure from the first day of the calendar quarter following the application for registration in the BOP.

Requirements

The following may participate in the procedure:

  • Companies that
    • have their registered office in Germany and
    • offer telecommunications, radio and television services or services provided by electronic means to private individuals in another member state of the European Union (EU).

Further requirements:

  • You are registered in the BZStOnline-Portal (BOP) and have a BOP certificate.
  • If you can pay tax on your sales generated in member states of the European Union in Germany (exemption), but still wish to participate in the procedure: Waiver of application of the exemption to the responsible tax office.

Which documents are required?

No further documents are required.

What are the fees?

There are no costs.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

  • Tax return and payment for the 1st calendar quarter: by April 20
  • Tax return and payment for the 2nd calendar quarter: by July 20
  • Tax return and payment for the 3rd calendar quarter: by October 20
  • Tax return and payment for the 4th calendar quarter: by January 20 of the following year
  • Deregistration from the procedure: no later than the 10th day of the month following the change
  • Electronic notification of changes to registration data: no later than the 10th day of the month following the change in circumstances
  • Revocation of participation in the procedure: up to 15 days before the start of a new calendar quarter
  • Retention period for records: 10 years

Processing duration

  • for registration in the BOP: up to 6 weeks
  • for registration to participate in the Mini-One-Stop-Shop procedure: this takes effect from the first day of the calendar quarter following the application for registration

Legal basis

Appeal

  • Objection
  • Administrative court action

Applications / forms

Forms available: Yes
Written form required: Yes
Informal application possible: No
Personal appearance necessary: No

Online services available: Yes

What else should I know?

There are no indications or special features.

Author

Forwarding service: Deep link to the source portal

Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt)

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF)

Professionally released on

09.03.2022

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