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Postponed accounting vs deferred payment for VAT

Your company imports goods in Germany ? Then, you probably know that postponed accounting via the VAT return is not possible in Germany. In principle, import VAT needs to be paid to the customs authorities upon importation (immediate payment is required). This cause an important cash flow issue for many taxpayers as the input VAT will have to be recovered through the periodic VAT return at a later stage.

There is however an alternative : a deferred payment for VAT and customs is possible under specific conditions.