The following pages contain information about various German-US tax issues, ranging from the refund of German Value-Added Tax to bilateral double taxation agreements. Because of the complexity of tax issues, we do, however, have to make the disclaimer below.
The Tax Info Center (Steuerliches Info-Center – SIC ) at the Federal Central Tax Office (Bundeszentralamt für Steuern – BZSt) provides tax information and related services. Both German and foreign private persons, as well as companies, may receive information about the jurisdiction of the German tax administration. The Tax Info Center furthermore serves as the one-stop shop for foreign investors.
For questions concerning US federal tax law, please refer to the specific information available on the website of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Internal Revenue Service
Please keep in mind that neither the services offered by the SIC nor the information on the IRS website can replace tax advice and consulting in individual cases.
Below is a list of German-speaking US attorneys. The names of the attorneys, translators/interpreters are provided in a nonbinding fashion and without any guarantees.
List of German speaking lawyers
German Value-Added-Tax Refund
In Germany the amount paid for merchandise includes 19 % value added tax (VAT). The VAT can be refunded if the merchandise is purchased and exported by a customer whose residence is outside the European Union. Find out what you need to get a refund of the German Value-Added Tax (VAT).
VAT Refund Procedure
Double Taxation: Income, Capital and other Taxes
The "Convention between the United States of America and the Federal Republic of Germany for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to taxes on income and capital and to certain other taxes" seeks to prevent double taxation in the areas covered by the treaty.
Full Text of the Convention
The "Convention between the Federal Republic of Germany and the United States of America for the Avoidance of Double Taxation with respect to taxes on estates, inheritances, and gifts" seeks to prevent double taxation in the areas covered by the treaty.
Full Text of the Convention
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