Philipp Kiencke
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dab: VAT-ID Checker

As all the other years before, the year 2020 has also brought some changes with it. This year there have been changes in VAT legislation that can have a major impact on businesses. For example, the conditions for the tax-free intra-European trade were tightened this year.

For example, a prerequisite for tax-free intra-European deliveries in the EU is that the recipient of the goods must have a valid VAT ID issued by an EU member state (see § 6a para. 1 sentence 1 no. 4 UstG). The duty to check whether the VAT of the business partner is valid lies with the sending company.

This means that you must now regularly check whether the VAT ID that is stored in your system is valid and belongs to the corresponding company to which you are sending the goods. Since a complete check is hardly feasible manually, we at dab: Daten - Analysen & Beratungen GmbH have developed a small tool that can support you in your work, the dab:VAT ID Checker.


What is the VAT ID Checker?
The VAT ID Checker is a small tool that can be accessed from the analysis run and automatically compares your data with the web server of the Federal Central Tax Office (https://evatr.bff-online.de/) or the web service of the European Commission (http://ec.europa.eu/). Basically, the VAT ID Checker works with any ERP system as long as you can extract the relevant data.


How do I use the VAT ID Checker?
The VAT ID Checker is included in a small analysis so that we can automatically load data, check it and output results. With the appropriate tools, we can also schedule automated runs and connect a workflow to process the results.

If you are interested in the VAT ID Checker, please contact us at any time.

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