In order to sell your digital products in any other EU member state – including Germany – you must first register with the One-Stop Shop (OSS).
The EU VAT reform, which took effect from July 1, 2021, affects e-commerce firm owners and service providers that conduct cross-border transactions within the EU or import items from outside the EU.
Everything you need to know about VAT Registration, Returns, Tax Representation (if applicable), and your legal duties in Germany is conveniently located in our German VAT Guide!
The One Stop Shop eliminates the need for you to register with tax authorities in each EU country where you sell. Instead, you can register for VAT, file VAT returns, and make payments in a single location under the OSS framework. You must apply the rules of the OSS scheme to all your clients in all the EU nations to which you provide services or products.
Currently, there are two schemes in operation under OSS:
The EU VAT reform, which took effect from July 1, 2021, affects e-commerce firm owners that conduct cross-border transactions within the EU or import items from outside the EU. The new VAT plan called One-Stop-Shop (OSS) allows enterprises to register for VAT and file quarterly VAT returns in a single EU country. Another concept, the IOSS or the Import One-Stop-Shop, is created for imported items.
For VAT on some digital products in the EU, the One-Stop Shop (OSS) model extends the previous Mini One-Stop Shop (MOSS) scheme. Both aim to simplify tax compliance and reduce the administrative load on businesses while increasing tax collection. Using the OSS scheme allows you to register for VAT and file your VAT returns within a single nation. If you have consumers in many countries, you no longer need to keep track of varied distance selling thresholds in each country. The annual EU distance selling thresholds was € 100,000 for Germany. Instead, an EU-wide €10,000 threshold will apply.
The OSS (One-Stop-Shop) is developed for EU enterprises selling goods to customers within the EU. In the EU, IOSS is meant for non-EU enterprises selling items worth up to € 150 to EU clients. In this case, ordinary VAT import regulations apply.
Last Updated: 16/01/2022
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