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Value Added Tax

Value added tax – VAT – appears on virtually every invoice. Even if it’s an everyday experience, the system for documenting value added tax and deducting input tax, which must work equally well in both national and cross-border commerce, takes a surprising amount of a company’s attention. If there’s a mistake, value added tax can quickly become a margin-killer.

Value added tax requi­re­ments involve more and more red tape, and are con­stantly chan­ging. And VAT issues tend to come in for spe­cial scru­tiny in tax audits, with the aid of spe­cial audi­ting soft­ware. It’s important not to unde­re­sti­mate poten­tial tax risks and sanc­ti­ons that can leave you finan­cially stran­ded.

We make sure that you have your value added tax well in hand, in Ger­many and abroad. Our spe­cial con­cern is to find stra­te­gies to opti­mize value added tax and input tax, and to imp­le­ment them in your com­pany, avo­i­ding mis­ta­kes that can slash marg­ins.  Our Nexia col­lea­gues, when nee­ded, can help to quickly and practi­cally cla­rify inter­na­tio­nal issues that arise.

Our ser­vices at a glance

  • VAT Quick Check
  • In-house trai­ning pro­grams
  • VAT manual
  • Assess­ment of natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal indi­vi­dual and spe­cial tax mat­ters
  • VAT regi­s­t­ra­ti­ons in Ger­many and abroad
  • Input tax refund pro­cee­dings and other decla­ra­tion obli­ga­ti­ons in Ger­many and abroad
  • Opti­mi­zing sup­ply or ser­vice rela­ti­onships sub­ject to VAT
  • Input tax opti­miza­tion for com­pa­nies with mixed reve­nues or hol­ding-com­pany struc­tu­res (e.g., banks or hospi­tals)
  • Assi­s­tance, advice, and if app­lica­ble rep­re­sen­ta­tion in VAT audits, VAT inspec­ti­ons, and appeals in and out of court
  • Appeals in and out of court
  • Issues of cri­mi­nal tax law / vol­un­ta­rily coming for­ward

VAT Quick Check

Given how com­plex the VAT sys­tem is, it’s ent­i­rely pos­si­ble that your com­pany may have weak spots that ulti­ma­tely cost you cash. Our VAT Quick Check is a highly practi­cal tool for dis­co­ve­ring those weak points. We start with a custo­mi­zed risk ana­ly­sis, then per­form a sys­te­matic study of iden­ti­fied risk areas, and point out areas with poten­tial for impro­ve­ment. You’ll also be on the safe side in tax audits: we ana­lyze your inter­nal data using audi­ting soft­ware that is also used by the tax aut­ho­ri­ties. So we can detect and cor­rect unu­sual pro­b­lem areas early. Which ensu­res bet­ter VAT struc­tu­res.

VAT manual

To get the rele­vant pro­ces­ses down in black and white where your emp­loyees can find them, we help you deve­lop a custo­mi­zed manual that descri­bes stan­dard cases that come up in your firm, with instruc­ti­ons about what to do and check­lists.

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