The German Bundesministerium der Finanzen (Federal Ministry of Finance) has issued a letter on the  21 February 2019 whit new and updated information regarding the German Tax Certificate which was introduced in the new German Tax Legislation put into effect the first of January 2019.

According to  this new law, all electronic marketplaces are jointly liable for the unpaid VAT with their sellers as of 1 of March 2019. To avoid any monetary setbacks, marketplaces asked all their sellers to provide a copy of the Tax Certificate before mentioned date in order to continue trading through their platforms, otherwise they would block their accounts. As the deadline approaches and most of sellers have not been able to receive the Tax Certificate, the German Ministry of Finance has stepped in issuing a letter with new information.

According to the letter, all sellers using electronic marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay, etc., will be given a deadline extension to present the German Tax Certificate. Traders will have until April 15, 2019 to present the Tax Certificate, besides, if it is not yet issued, they will be able to upload the application for mentioned certificate to the competent tax office whose date has to be before 28 February 2019.

This brings good news to all online sellers which were afraid of having their accounts blocked by not being compliant on time with the new legislation.

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