VAT Reclaims – Germany



VAT Name :
Umsatzsteuer (Mehrwertsteuer) USt, MwSt

VAT Number Format :
123456789 (9 characters)


Claim Period : 1st of January to 31st December
Quarterly applications are permitted
Submission Deadline : 30th of June
Approximate Refund Time : Up to 6 months


Permitted Countries :
Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bermudas, Bosnia, Herzegovina, British Virgin Islands, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Grenada, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Iceland, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Korea (People’s Republic), Korea (ROK), Kuwait, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Macao, Maldives, Marshal Islands, Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, St. Vincent, Swaziland, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vatican City

Claimable Items :

  • Fuel
  • Vehicle Hire
  • Vehicle Costs
  • Road User Charges
  • Travel
  • Accommodation
  • Subsistence
  • Admission Charges


  1. Application Form :
    Form U5 (Link)
    If first application, questionnaire Verf18 (Link) must also be completed
  2. Invoice list :
    Must be in Euros
  3. Original invoices :
    Copies and interim invoices not accepted
  4. Certificate of Taxable Status :
    The certificate must be original and issued within a year before the submission deadline. It must contain the name, address and official stamp of the authorising body, the name and trading/tax address of the claimant, the nature of the claimant’s business and the business/ tax number of the claimant.


For applications which cover twelve months i.e. the claim period declared on the application form, the claim amount cannot be less than EUR 500.00. For applications which cover less than twelve months, the claim amount cannot be less than EUR 1000.00.


Electronically via the BZSt Online Portal (Link).
To obtain credentials (digital certificate and password) visit this link

Supporting Documentation (to arrive no later than 30 June) to:
Bundeszentralamt für Steuern – Außenstelle Schwedt
Passower Chaussee 3B,
16303 Schwedt/Oder,
Deutschland/ Germany