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Apply for exemption certificate for tax-privileged foreign investors of investment funds

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)

Service Description

Since 1.1.2018, investment funds are subject to tax with their

  • domestic investment income,
  • domestic real estate income and
  • other domestic income

to corporate income tax.
With the exemption certificate, investment funds can prove the tax status of their tax-privileged foreign investors so that the investment fund is partially or fully tax-exempt.
Foreign investors can apply for the exemption certificate at the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt). Investors must then submit the original copy of this exemption certificate to their investment fund.
If no exemption certificate is applied for or submitted to the investment fund, the investment fund's income, if not exempt from taxation, is subject to corporate income tax.


Process flow

You must submit the application for the exemption certificate in writing to the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt).

  • Download the form from the online form management system (FMS) of the Federal Tax Administration (BFINV) and fill it out.
  • Print out the completed application form. The application form must then be returned by
    • a legal representative of the investor

or

  • his authorized representative

be signed.

  • Send the signed form together with the other required documents by mail to the office of the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt) in Bonn.
  • The BZSt will check your application. If necessary, you will have to answer further questions or submit additional documents.
  • If the BZSt approves your application, it will send you the issued exemption certificate by mail.
  • Forward the original (not a copy) of your exemption certificate to the investment fund by mail.
  • The investment fund will claim your tax benefit from the tax authorities.

Notice:
Postal delivery of the exemption certificate abroad is only possible if permitted by international law. In the case of some states, the BZSt is not permitted under international law to deliver the status certificates by mail (a current list of these states can be found on the BZSt website under "Questions and Answers"). In these cases, the specification of a domestic (German) authorized recipient is mandatory.

Requirements

The application for the issuance of an exemption certificate may be submitted by:

  • tax-privileged foreign investors who hold shares in investment funds domiciled and managed in the following countries:
    • Belgium
    • Bulgaria
    • Denmark
    • Estonia
    • Finland
    • France
    • Greece
    • Ireland
    • Italy
    • Croatia
    • Latvia
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Malta
    • Netherlands
    • Austria
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • Romania
    • Sweden
    • Slovakia
    • Slovenia
    • Spain
    • Czech Republic
    • Hungary
    • United Kingdom
    • Cyprus
    • Australia
    • Liechtenstein
    • Canada

Further requirements:

  • the foreign investors must be resident in a country providing administrative and debt collection assistance

and

  • be comparable to German tax-exempt investors.
  • A foreign investor is comparable if he has a
    • corporation
    • association of persons

or

  • estate

is

  • which, according to the statutes
  • the foundation business

or

  • the other constitution and according to the actual management exclusively and directly
    • charitable
    • charitable

or

  • ecclesiastical purposes

serves

and the foreign investor

  • promotes the tax-privileged purposes of natural persons in Germany

or

  • contributes to the reputation of the Federal Republic of Germany abroad
Which documents are required?

When applying for the exemption certificate, you must submit:

  • Excerpt from the commercial register or comparable proof of registration in the state of origin.
  • Proof of recognition of charitable, benevolent or ecclesiastical purposes in the country of origin
  • Articles of association, foundation law or other constitution
  • Activity report
  • Statement of income and expenditure
  • Cash report
  • Balance sheet with evidence of the formation and development of reserves
  • Records on the receipt of donations and their use for the intended purpose
  • Minutes of the board of directors, if applicable
What are the fees?

none

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
  • Application: the exemption certificate can be applied for retroactively for a maximum period of up to 6 months before the date of application (the date of receipt of the application by mail is decisive).
  • Validity of the exemption certificate: 3 years, after which a new application must be submitted.
Legal basis
Appeal
  • Appeal
  • administrative court action
Applications / forms
  • Forms: yes
  • Online procedure possible: no
  • Written form required: yes (signed application)
  • Personal appearance: no
Author
Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF)

Process flow

You must submit the application for the exemption certificate in writing to the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt).

  • Download the form from the online form management system (FMS) of the Federal Tax Administration (BFINV) and fill it out.
  • Print out the completed application form. The application form must then be returned by
    • a legal representative of the investor

or

  • his authorized representative

be signed.

  • Send the signed form together with the other required documents by mail to the office of the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt) in Bonn.
  • The BZSt will check your application. If necessary, you will have to answer further questions or submit additional documents.
  • If the BZSt approves your application, it will send you the issued exemption certificate by mail.
  • Forward the original (not a copy) of your exemption certificate to the investment fund by mail.
  • The investment fund will claim your tax benefit from the tax authorities.

Notice:
Postal delivery of the exemption certificate abroad is only possible if permitted by international law. In the case of some states, the BZSt is not permitted under international law to deliver the status certificates by mail (a current list of these states can be found on the BZSt website under "Questions and Answers"). In these cases, the specification of a domestic (German) authorized recipient is mandatory.

Requirements

The application for the issuance of an exemption certificate may be submitted by:

  • tax-privileged foreign investors who hold shares in investment funds domiciled and managed in the following countries:
    • Belgium
    • Bulgaria
    • Denmark
    • Estonia
    • Finland
    • France
    • Greece
    • Ireland
    • Italy
    • Croatia
    • Latvia
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Malta
    • Netherlands
    • Austria
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • Romania
    • Sweden
    • Slovakia
    • Slovenia
    • Spain
    • Czech Republic
    • Hungary
    • United Kingdom
    • Cyprus
    • Australia
    • Liechtenstein
    • Canada

Further requirements:

  • the foreign investors must be resident in a country providing administrative and debt collection assistance

and

  • be comparable to German tax-exempt investors.
  • A foreign investor is comparable if he has a
    • corporation
    • association of persons

or

  • estate

is

  • which, according to the statutes
  • the foundation business

or

  • the other constitution and according to the actual management exclusively and directly
    • charitable
    • charitable

or

  • ecclesiastical purposes

serves

and the foreign investor

  • promotes the tax-privileged purposes of natural persons in Germany

or

  • contributes to the reputation of the Federal Republic of Germany abroad

Which documents are required?

When applying for the exemption certificate, you must submit:

  • Excerpt from the commercial register or comparable proof of registration in the state of origin.
  • Proof of recognition of charitable, benevolent or ecclesiastical purposes in the country of origin
  • Articles of association, foundation law or other constitution
  • Activity report
  • Statement of income and expenditure
  • Cash report
  • Balance sheet with evidence of the formation and development of reserves
  • Records on the receipt of donations and their use for the intended purpose
  • Minutes of the board of directors, if applicable

What are the fees?

none

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

  • Application: the exemption certificate can be applied for retroactively for a maximum period of up to 6 months before the date of application (the date of receipt of the application by mail is decisive).
  • Validity of the exemption certificate: 3 years, after which a new application must be submitted.

Legal basis

Appeal

  • Appeal
  • administrative court action

Applications / forms

  • Forms: yes
  • Online procedure possible: no
  • Written form required: yes (signed application)
  • Personal appearance: no

Author

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF)

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