Value Added Tax Refunds
Applying for a VAT refund in Germany.

German VAT Refunds

VAT Refunds

VAT Refunds: If you are a registered company, your business location is in the United States, and you are interested in applying for a VAT refund, you must electronically submit a VAT refund via the BZSt online portal (BOP) of the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt). 

An explanation of the application process can be found here: VAT Refund Information 

For more detailed information as well as the application form (referred to as ‘Form: Registration with the BZSt Online Portal’ under the section ‘Form’) please visit: VAT refunds to foreign businesses 

In case you would like to send applications via mail please use the following address:

Bundeszentralamt für Steuern
Außenstelle Schwedt
Passower Chaussee 3b
D - 16303 Schwedt/Oder
Phone: +49 228/406-0
Fax: +49 228/406 4722

For a quarter of the year (e.g. January-March) the VAT refund minimum is EUR 1000. For a complete calendar year the VAT refund minimum is EUR 500. A company with high quarterly expenditures might opt for the quarterly refund, companies with lower VAT cost might collect their bills for a year and then turn them in for a refund.

VAT refunds can also be recovered by using a service provider. Please review our directory of Business Service Providers.