Recently, eBay issued two announcements about sellers using false information to register German VAT numbers and certificates, and requiring sellers to provide correct German VAT information. To focus, the German tax authorities have recently discovered that a large number of overseas sellers use false information and materials (for example, overseas warehouse contracts, etc.) to register German VAT identification numbers and certificates. The German Tax Service has launched an investigation into this illegal act. After receiving the notification from the tax bureau, eBay will take restrictive measures against the accounts that use false information to register German VAT and their associated accounts, including but not limited to account freezing.
On February 3, eBay issued the "Notice on Sellers' Use of False Information to Register German VAT Numbers and Certificates", emphasizing that "violating German VAT regulations is a serious crime and therefore may bear criminal responsibility. Sellers are requested to ensure compliance with eBay's upcoming The various requirements of the launched management payment service, including the company information of the seller who uses the management payment service must be consistent with the company information of the eBay account."
On February 4, eBay issued the "Notice on requiring sellers to provide correct German VAT information", requiring sellers to ensure that the company information on the eBay account matches the tax documents provided by the German tax authority (for example, German VAT identification number The information on the issuance document) shall be consistent, including: German VAT identification number, company name, company type.
Headed by Germany, the largest market in Europe, European tax bureaus have stepped up their efforts to intervene in the VAT problem of cross-border e-commerce, and will also trace the history of store operations. As long as the tax bureau finds the problem and informs the platform, it may trigger a large number of stores to freeze. If a large number of stores opened with third-party subject information do not pay taxes or make up taxes in accordance with regulations, even if they abandon the store, legal persons may be included in the blacklist.
Many cross-border e-commerce sellers, especially medium and large sellers in Shenzhen and Guangzhou, have eBay stores. Some top players in the industry have been selling well and have made drastic reforms since last year. The release of these two notices of eBay indicates that the situation is imminent, and there is no way back to do business in Europe for a long time and operate in compliance.