German law changes on April 1st 2019. Sellers on Amazon & Ebay in Germany will need a Clearance Certificate to sell their products after this date. Furthermore, online sellers need an Authorized Representative (= Authorized Domestic Agent) in Germany. Our Tax Consultants help foreign online sellers to receive the required clearance certificate and the registration certificate. Also we offer the service for an Authorized Representative.

Ebay & Amazon online market places: Tax Certificate required for sales in 2019

Ebay & Amazon online market places: Tax Certificate required for sales in 2019

1. Clearance Certificate for trading on Amazon/Ebay in 2019

Due to a change in the German sales tax law, online marketplaces are required acc. to § 22 f UStG to record data on the active sellers. Accordingly, tradings on online marketplaces are only possible with a certificate issued by the tax office.

Do you have questions about the law change?

Our specialized tax consultans and lawyers are happy to advise you. Call us on +49 221 999 832-10 or tell us your request via E-Mail:

2. Content of the application for the certificate from the german tax authorities

The following information are required for the application for the certificate:

  1. Name and address of the supplying entrepreneur
  2. The German tax code and if it exists, additionally the VAT identification number (If you do not have a German tax code, we can assist you to apply for one)
  3. Period of validity of the certificate
  4. The place of commencement of carriage or dispatch and the place of destination
  5. Time and amount of sales

3. Designation of a recipient’s authorized representative acc. § 123 AO

Entrepreneurs who are not domiciled or have their place of business in Germany, the EU or the EEA, must appoint a recipient in Germany (Authorised Domestic Agent). If this requirement is not met, the tax office does not issue a certificate. The authorized recipient serves as the address for official mail. In addition, we are the first contact partner of the tax office.

For foreign sellers in online marketplaces, we therefore offer a receiving authorization for the continuation of your sales in Germany. For this we charge a flat fee of 49,00 € per month.

Our certified lawyers and tax advisors also assist you in all legal and tax matters.

4.  Purpose of the standard

The lost taxes amount to serveral hundreds of millions of euros, according to experts. In the of the tax authorities are the largest trading platforms such Amazon and Ebay. To help collect taxes the hepl of online marketplaces is needed.

5. Comments: Provider of online marketplaces

The top online marketplaces Amazon and Ebay have already commented on the subject and provide the authorities with their full support. Law violations are not tolerated on their platforms. This results in an immediate blocking of the user account.

German Tax Consultans for Amazon Sellers

Our tax consultants and lawyers specialize in online business. For clients, our clients value our know-how, for example in the following areas

Our tax consultans and lawers in Cologne and Bonn are happy to provide you with personal advice. In addition, we advise all over Germany by telephone ans vieo conference.


Steuerberater in Köln Kranhaus

telephone: +49 221 999 832-10

Mo.-Fr.: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm


Steuerberater in Bonn

telephone: +49 228 299 748-10

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video conference

Bundesweite Steuerberatung per Telefon-/Videokonferenz

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German Speaker on Tax Conferences for the new „Amazon & Ebay Law“

We regularly lecture other german tax consulation and explain the new German VAT legislation to them. Our presentaton (in German) can be downloaded here:

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