Indirect Tax

Our key strength in indirect taxes is value-added tax including import VAT and the related field of customs law. We also specialize in customs and excise duties including insurance tax, energy tax and electricity tax. We assist in tax audits, give VAT advice, and represent our clients in administrative appeals and tax litigation.

Interface between VAT and Tax Crime/White-Collar and Regulatory Matters

In tax audits, we have observed a growing trend toward applying criminal law to ordinary errors in applying the law. This requires comprehensive advice and representation in VAT criminal law. Along with the Flick Gocke Schaumburg specialists in tax crime/white-collar and regulatory matters, we negotiate with the authorities responsible for imposing fines and represent taxpayers before the courts dealing with VAT and other customs and excise duties.

Focus on VAT in Corporate Groups

The tax departments of large companies and corporate groups frequently deal with issues of VAT customs law, and customs and excise law. Our specialist lawyers and tax advisors often act as sparring partners for the head of the tax department, the head of indirect taxes or the finance manager. They call on us if especially complex issues have to be resolved. Many of these cases have a cross-border connection.

Advisors to the Advisors in VAT Law

We are sought-after partners of other advisory firms not only on specialist questions of tax law, but also on indirect taxes. In out-of-the-ordinary consultancy situations, we collaborate with professionals from other firms as advisors to the advisors. Legal opinions and second opinions on domestic and international VAT law, and on unique questions of indirect taxes, account for a major part of our work.

Our expertise in indirect taxes includes:

  • Value-added tax and import value-added tax
  • Customs law
  • Insurance tax
  • Energy tax, electricity tax, etc.
  • Taxation procedures
  • Tax audits
  • Representation before the courts
  • VAT criminal law