# Taxes and social insurance contributions for companies
Companies can, for example, be required to pay VAT or trade tax. Certain special taxation rules also apply to cross-border business activities.To Services
Information about Rights & Duties
VAT exemptions do not have to be applied for; they apply insofar as the respective legal requirements are met. This ensures that services for important areas of daily life, such as rent and medical treatment, are not made more expensive.
If you wish to trade in goods and services within the EU, you must apply for a VAT identification number.
Corporations have to pay corporation tax on their taxable income, non-profit organizations receive their tax exemption.
If you handle coffee or goods containing coffee, you must pay coffee tax under certain conditions.
Enforcement against you may be temporarily suspended or limited if there are grounds for equity. Inequity exists if enforcement would cause you an unreasonable disadvantage that can be avoided by waiting a short time.
If you want to transport untaxed sparkling wine, intermediate products or wine, you usually need a special permit and registration to participate in the computerised transport and control system EMCS.
If you want to manufacture, handle, process, store, ship or receive tobacco products without incurring the tax, you can apply for a permit to suspend or exempt the tax.