Apply for an exemption certificate for tax-privileged foreign investors in investment funds Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.
Since 1.1.2018, investment funds have been subject to tax with their domestic investment income, domestic real estate income and other domestic income to corporate income tax. With the exemption certificate, investment funds can prove the tax status of their tax-privileged foreign investors so that the investment fund is partially or fully tax-exempt. Foreign investors can apply for the exemption certificate at the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt). Investors must then submit the original of this exemption certificate to their investment fund. If no exemption certificate is applied for or submitted to the investment fund, the investment fund's income is subject to corporate income tax if it is not exempt from taxation.
When applying for the exemption certificate, you must submit: Excerpt from the commercial register or comparable proof of registration in the state of origin. Proof of recognition of charitable, benevolent, or ecclesiastical purposes in the country of origin Articles of association, foundation law or other constitution Activity report Statement of income and expenditure Cash report Balance sheet with evidence of the formation and development of reserves Records on the receipt of donations and their use for the intended purpose Minutes of the board of directors, if applicable
Forms: yes Online procedure possible: no Written form required: yes (signed application) Personal appearance: no
The application for the issue of an exemption certificate may be submitted by: Tax-privileged foreign investors who hold shares in investment funds domiciled and managed in the following countries: Belgium Bulgaria Denmark Estonia Finland France Greece Ireland Italy Croatia Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg Malta Netherlands Austria Poland Portugal Romania Sweden Slovakia Slovenia Spain Czech Republic Hungary United Kingdom Cyprus Australia Liechtenstein Canada Further requirements: the foreign investors must be resident in a state providing administrative and debt collection assistance and be comparable to German tax-exempt investors. Comparable foreign investors if they have a Corporation Association of persons or Vermögensmasse is, which, according to the articles of association the foundation transaction or the other constitution and according to the actual business management exclusively and directly charitable charitable or ecclesiastical purposes serves and the foreign investor promotes the tax-privileged purposes of natural persons in Germany or contributes to the reputation of the Federal Republic of Germany abroad
- Hinweise zum Formular-Management-System (FMS) auf der Internetseite der Bundesfinanzverwaltung (BFIN)
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- Anleitung zum Antrag auf Ausstellung einer Befreiungsbescheinigung nach § 9 Investmentsteuergesetz (InvStG) auf der Internetseite der Bundesfinanzverwaltung (BFIN)
You must submit the application for the exemption certificate in writing to the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt). Download the form from the online form management system (FMS) of the Federal Tax Administration (BFINV) and complete it. Print out the completed application form. The application form must then be received by a legal representative of the investor or his authorised representative sign the form. Send the signed form together with the other required documents by post to the office of the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt) in Bonn. The BZSt will check your application. You may have to answer further questions or submit additional documents. If the BZSt approves your application, it will send you the issued exemption certificate by post. Forward the original (not a copy) of your exemption certificate to the investment fund by mail. The mutual fund will claim your tax benefit from the tax authorities. Notice: Postal delivery of the exemption certificate abroad is only possible if this is permitted under international law. In the case of some states, the BZSt is not permitted under international law to deliver the status certificates by post (a current list of these states can be found on the BZSt website under "Questions and Answers"). In these cases, it is mandatory to indicate a domestic (German) receiving agent.