Up to now, sales tax from the sale of goods to private individuals in the European Union had to be paid in the respective EU member state in which the sold goods arrived or were consumed. To do this, companies must register in each EU state. There was a delivery threshold per country, which was usually €10,000. From July 2021, there will only be a delivery threshold of 10,000 for the entire EU.
From early summer 2021, traders will be given the opportunity to report and pay VAT centrally, via the country in which they have their registered office, e.g. Germany, via the so-called one-stop store in the EU member states. For this purpose, the tax authorities are to provide a technology through which they can report the sales centrally and also pay the VAT centrally – the so-called One-Stop-Shop, which will serve as a single point of contact. The advantage of this is that it offers companies and traders the opportunity to be active throughout Europe. To do this, it is only necessary to register once.