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Foreign professional qualification Recognition as a tax consultant

The profession of tax consultant is regulated in Germany. The taking up or pursuit of this profession is bound by State rules to the possession of certain qualifications. You have the possibility to have your professional qualification acquired abroad checked by the competent authority for equivalence to a training occupation in Germany.

Process flow

For recognition, the competent body checks on the basis of your certificates whether or to what extent your foreign qualification corresponds to a German qualification for the profession of tax advisor. This review is based on established formal criteria, such as the content and duration of the training. Their relevant professional experience will be taken into account, as will other relevant qualifications. For academic qualifications, you can apply for an assessment by the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB).

Further information can be found on the portal "Recognition in Germany". This website provides quick and easy answers to questions about recognition, for example:

  • Do I have to have my professional qualifications recognised?
  • Is it worth the recognition for me?
  • Can I make the request? Do I have a formal claim to it?
  • Where do I have to contact?
  • What is the procedure?
  • What documents are needed? What form must the documents take?
  • How long does the procedure take?
  • How much does the procedure cost?
  • Which laws are relevant to my case?

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the Chamber of Tax Advisors.

Which documents are required?

As a rule, you need the following documents:

  • tabular list of your completed training courses and gainful employment
  • Indication of your current place of residence
  • Proof
  • Proof of training acquired abroad
  • Evidence of relevant professional experience or other qualifications, where they are necessary to establish equivalence
  • Explanation of whether and with which body you have already submitted an application for a declaration of equivalence
  • where applicable, a decision establishing equivalence

All documents must be presented in the original or as a certified copy and in German. If the documents are written in another language, you may also need a translation from a publicly appointed translator.

Additional documentation may be required. Please contact the appropriate body.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

No deadlines need to be observed.

Supporting institutions

The service centres of the network "Integration through Qualification" (IQ network) are happy to advise and accompany you before, in and after the recognition procedure.


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Chamber of Tax Advisors Lower Saxony, Ministry of Science and Economy of the State of Saxony-Anhalt and Recognition Finder Germany

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Linie6PLus)

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.