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Taxing services provided in tax havens for individuals and companies based in Germany

The Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt) is responsible for collecting income or corporation tax for income with limited tax liability from service providers (individuals or companies) based in a non-cooperative territory.

Income subject to limited tax liability from service providers resident in a non-cooperative territory is:

  • Financing relationships (especially interest on loans),
  • insurance or reinsurance services,
  • services and
  • trade in goods or services.

Income or corporation tax is incurred when the remuneration accrues to the provider of the service. Upon payment of the remuneration, the recipient of the service must withhold, declare and pay the tax. The tax is withheld for the account of the provider of the service. The amount of tax withheld is 15 percent of the income, plus solidarity surcharge of 5.5 percent of the tax withheld.

You must declare the income or corporation tax via the BZSt online portal.

A tax jurisdiction is considered non-cooperative within the meaning of the law if it is listed in the so-called EU blacklist and the national Tax Haven Defense Ordinance (StAbwV).

In this case, you also have increased obligations to cooperate.

Process flow

  • To submit tax returns, you need a separate tax number from the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt).
  • If you would like to submit a tax return and do not yet have a BZSt tax number for the deduction procedure in accordance with Section 10 StAbwG, you can apply for one from the BZSt.
  • The application form for a tax number for Section 10 StAbwG is available on the BZSt website.
  • Please sign the completed application form and send it by post or e-mail to the Federal Central Tax Office.
  • The BZSt will then send you your tax number by post.
  • Tax returns must be submitted electronically via the BZSt online portal (BOP).
  • To do this, complete the form "Declaration of tax deduction in accordance with Section 10 of the Tax Haven Defense Act" electronically and save it as a PDF file. Then upload the PDF file to the BOP using the "Document Submission" form.
  • The BOP is available for this purpose at It is not possible to submit the tax return via the ElsterOnline Portal (EOP).
  • You can use your existing BOP/EOP software certificates for submission in the BOP. If you have neither a BOP certificate nor an EOP certificate, you must register on the BOP portal.

Competent authority

Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt)


  • You have business relations with a company or person that is resident in a non-cooperative tax jurisdiction.
  • Residents of a non-cooperative tax jurisdiction within the meaning of this law are
    • natural persons if they have a domicile or their habitual residence in a non-cooperative tax jurisdiction,
    • Corporations, associations of persons and asset pools if they have a registered office or their place of management in a non-cooperative tax jurisdiction.
  • The income is generated from:
    • financing relationships
    • insurance or reinsurance services
    • the provision of services
    • the trade in goods or services
  • Income that is subject to taxation for an unlimited taxpayer in accordance with Section 2 (1) sentence 1 and represents income-related expenses or operating expenses for another taxpayer.
  • You need a new tax number from the Federal Central Tax Office for this deduction procedure.
  • You are registered in the BZSt online portal (BOP) and have a BOP certificate.

Which documents are required?


What are the fees?

There are no costs.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

  • The tax must be paid and reported to the BZSt on a quarterly basis.
  • The tax withheld in a quarter must be paid and reported to the BZSt by the 10th of the month following the quarter in question.

Processing duration

  • Applying for a tax number takes 2 to 4 weeks.
  • The registration process in the BOP can take up to 6 weeks.

Applications / forms

  • Forms available: Yes
  • Written or text form required: Yes
  • Informal application possible: No
  • Personal appearance necessary: No
  • Online service available: Yes


  • Appeal
  • Fiscal court action at the Cologne Fiscal Court

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF)

Professionally released on



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Landkreis Emsland
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
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Bus: 993

Building Access
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bank: Emsländische Volksbank
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responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
responsible for:

Stadt Papenburg - Rechnungsprüfung
Postal address: Post Office Box 1755 , 26857 Papenburg
Address: Hauptkanal rechts 68/69, 26871 Papenburg
Telephone: 04961 82-320
Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible

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Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
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