How often do I have to file VAT declarations?

In the period of year 01 and 02 of your German activity, you have to submit VAT declarations monthly. Tax office might than reduce the frequency to quarterly or yearly submission.

Do I have to register immediately at German VAT office if I ship goods to German consumers?

No there are certain thresholds that have to be exceeded until there is an obligation to get registered.

Are sales considered in the month of shipment or at the month of money collection?

Both methods are possible. As long as certain thresholds are not exceeded, we would use ‘money collection’ method, as this is preferable for our clients.

Is there a materiality threshold?

Yes as long as you sales are below the EUR 17.500-threshold per year, you do not have to show VAT on your invoices.

Am I able to claim back German purchase VAT on invoices to my company?

Yes, as long as those invoices refer to your German VAT related business.