Invoicing requirements for Germany

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Information that invoices must contain

  • Full name of the service provider.
  • Complete address of service provider.
  • Full name of recipient.
  • Complete address of recipient.
  • Service provider's tax number (Steuernummer) or VAT ID (for those liable for VAT).
  • Recipient VAT number, if recipient is VAT-registered.
  • The date of issue of the invoice.
  • For all invoices, a unique (alpha)numerical identifier (a simple serial number suffices).
  • A brief description of the service(s) provided.
  • The date or period during which the service was provided.
  • An itemised list of each service provided with the unit price (e.g. €65 per hour), the total amount for each service, and the grand total, or a fixed charge, without VAT.
  • For a final invoice, all advance payments (for which invoices also have to be issued).
  • The amount of VAT and the rate applied. If VAT does not apply (only for those liable for VAT), a simple statement explaining why.
  • The (grand) total including VAT.
  • Any discount granted before VAT and the discount rate applied.

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If you live and work in Germany and have to issue invoices to German clients, you will have to charge 19 percent of VAT or Mehrwertsteuer (MwSt.), which in turn you will have to forward to the tax authorities each quarter or each year, unless you are classified as a "Kleinunternehmer" (with less than 17,500 / 50,000 Euros annual revenue). See also: § 19 Umsatzsteuergesetz (UStG)

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