German Tax Law and Tax Advice for Business Companies

German tax law for businesses and inbound investors

Like in most industrialized countries, the German tax regime for business companies is a sophisticated matter and subject to frequent legislative changes making it challenging to keep up with the latest developments and the appropriate corporate structuring. Particularly inbound investors establishing a subsidiary in Germany or opening or intending to open a new branch, permanent establishment or representative office usually face complex tax issues which quite often differ from those in their home countries.  

Corporate tax, income tax for entrepreneurs and partnerships, business profit tax, and VAT

German tax law for businesses breaks up into two main categories, the income taxation of individual entrepreneurs and partnerships on the one side and the corporate income taxation of corporations on the other. In addition to the regular income taxation the so called business profit tax applies to most business operations. It is a local tax and its tax rate varies from municipality to municipality which is a very important information for international investors because relocating the place of business of a German company to a low tax region can indeed save the company a substantial amount of money.

Finally, like in all European countries, business companies in Germany selling goods and rendering services are, with certain exceptions, subject to value added tax (VAT) which is the equivalent of the sales tax known in other countries like the US.

German tax advisors take care of your business tax issues

We are entrepreneurs ourselves and know what it is like for medium-sized businesses to employ several people only to perform work for the tax and social security authorities. Therefore, WINHELLER´s tax consulting for businesses means that we will assume as many of your tax duties as possible, in particular the ongoing financial accounting and payroll accounting work, to give you the chance to focus on your core business.

However, this is not the only option. If, for whatever reason, you want to avoid outsourcing and want to establish efficient internal accounting services, just let us know and we will be happy to train your staff accordingly. As your external tax consultant, we will only assist you with those tax and accounting services that you cannot or do not want to do yourself.

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Our tax accounting services for business companies

Among others, our tax consulting for businesses covers the following services:

  • Financial and tax accounting (e.g. booking of current business transactions, open item lists, customer and vendor accounts, business reports, trial balance, financial statements, profit and loss accounting, business assessments, etc.)
  • Payroll accounting (e.g. payroll services, transmitting monthly calculations of wage payments, etc.)
  • Convenient online communication powered by German leading tax and accounting software provider DATEV regarding the uploading of bills and receipts which allows you to keep your documents in-house (no back and forth shipping of bills/receipts)
  • Annual financial statements and reports
  • Complying with all mandatory disclosure requirements (Federal Gazette)
  • Preparing and filing the required tax returns (in particular corporate tax, local business profit tax, income tax, and value added tax (VAT) returns)
  • Ongoing national and international tax planning services including all issues related to double taxation treaties
  • Optimizing corporate and M&A transactions in terms of taxation (acquisitions, restructuring, transformations, etc.) including tax due diligences
  • Reviewing and optimizing contracts from a tax perspective
  • Intercompany contracts, transfer pricing and associated documentation requirements for cross-border transactions, international reporting (German standards, US-GAAP, IFRS, etc.)
  • Customs law and business tax criminal law
  • Representation before the tax office and litigation before all German tax courts

Investors and entrepreneurs typically do not only face tax issues but also considerable compliance issues if they enter the German market. And, indeed, we do more than just taxes: As your one-shop-stop solution we will be happy to assist you and your business in all legal and compliance matters as well.

Competitive rates

Tax accounting which includes drafting of all required tax returns and the annual financial statements is usually charged pursuant to the German Tax Consultants’ Fee Ordinance. The exact statutory fees mainly depend on the individual business company´s operating figures (as stated in the balance sheet and/or the profit and loss statement).

Additional legal work and tax advisory will generally be charged on an hourly rate basis. After all, we can offer you our specialization in the tax consulting of businesses at reasonable and competitive rates. If you want us to give you a quote taking your individual circumstances into account, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Your German experts for business taxation in Germany

Do you have questions concerning German tax for your business or do you experience issues with your German tax accounting? We have assisted a large number of inbound investors from all over the world doing business in Germany and are here to help.

Your expert for all issues related to German tax law is Attorney Stefan Winheller (Certified Specialist for Tax Law). Please feel free to contact us by e-mail ( or by phone (+49 (0)69 76 75 77 80) and we will be happy to talk about your needs and to provide you with a quote for our services.


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