VAT, customs and excise duties are an integral part of daily business. Companies must comply with a mass of legal regulations on everything from designing product and service chains, through VAT aspects of transactions, to compliance matters. Breaches of VAT regulations can – in addition to the considerable economic consequences – result in substantial fines and even prosecution. The lawyers and tax advisors in our Indirect Tax practice group advise clients on all aspects of VAT law, sales taxes, and customs and excise duties. With our practical, interdisciplinary and made-to-measure approach, we resolve complex issues that require a holistic view of the relevant legislation. Together with our colleagues from FGS Digital GmbH, we can also integrate our solution directly into your IT systems.
What you can expect from us
- Renowned VAT experts with a wide range of specializations, working across our locations in Germany
- Practical thinking based on a solid academic grounding
- Interdisciplinary solutions that address not only indirect taxes, but also general aspects of tax and commercial law (including corporate law, accounting law and criminal law) and can be integrated into your IT systems
- An excellent reputation among the court and tax authorities based on long-standing experience
Our expertise at a glance
We respond to our clients’ calls for creativity and flexibility. Our Indirect Tax team finds solutions for new kinds of business models whose legal classification is often uncertain. We support clients with optimizing their supply and service chains, avoiding registrations, and improving cash flow. We are also experienced in optimizing input VAT for clients in industries where deductions are restricted (financial, real estate, the public sector, non-profit organizations).
Our Tax Compliance practice group focuses on prevention, avoiding errors, and securing against additional payments and fines. We advise our corporate clients on how to set up and improve their processes for VAT, and customs and excise duties in line with the legal requirements. On request, we work with FGS Digital GmbH to provide up-to-the-minute IT solutions. If a risk becomes apparent, our experienced criminal-law experts are on hand to help.
In corporate transactions, we support the parties by analyzing the VAT, input VAT and customs risks in our due diligence investigations. We assist with designing sales and acquisition structures, paying particular attention to avoiding input tax losses and subsequent holding costs. We also draft and negotiate VAT clauses for SPAs and APAs, especially in connection with plots of land.
Dealing swiftly and confidently with the authorities is the key to avoiding lengthy legal proceedings. We aim above all to prevent conflicts from arising in the first place, or at least to prevent them from escalating. The name of Flick Gocke Schaumburg is widely respected among the authorities and courts – a key advantage for our clients. And if legal action cannot be avoided, we represent clients’ interests with calm and care. With our practical, interdisciplinary and made-to-measure approach, we resolve complex issues that require a holistic view of the relevant legislation.
Well connected: Our international advisory services
Thanks to our close cooperation with the VAT experts in our Taxand network and at other partner firms around the world, our clients benefit from our international service. On request, we manage international projects for our clients from a single source.
We attach great importance to sharing our knowledge with clients and helping young tax professionals to grow. That’s why our partners routinely lecture on VAT matters at universities and at in-house seminars.
Brochure: Our advisory for Indirect Tax
As members of expert groups, we promote the further development of VAT law.
Dr. Andreas Erdbrügger (member of the VAT and tax compliance working groups of the German Institute of Public Auditors: Arbeitskreis Umsatzsteuer IDW e.V., Arbeitskreis Tax Compliance IDW e.V.)