German certified tax advisors specialized in advising US companies and US individuals

If you are a US individual or company doing business in Germany or other countries, you may be facing a range of complex tax issues for which you might need a German tax lawyer (Steuerberater). At GHS, we specialize in German and international tax law and can provide the expertise you need to navigate the ever-changing tax landscape.

Our boutique firm is dedicated to providing personalized service to our clients. We work with individuals and companies across a wide range of industries, from small businesses to large corporations, and offer a range of services to help you with your tax needs.

Our tax services for US companies and US individuals

Whether you’re dealing with cross-border transactions, transfer pricing, or international tax planning, our team of experienced tax lawyers can help you navigate the complexities of international tax law. We can provide you with insights on tax laws and regulations in different countries, including Germany, and help you structure your transactions in a tax-efficient way.

For individuals, we can help you  for example with your personal tax returns, expat tax issues, and inheritance tax planning. For companies, we can assist with tax planning and structuring, VAT compliance, transfer pricing, and more. Our team of experts can help you navigate the tax requirements in Germany, ensuring that you are in compliance with all applicable regulations.

GHS offers the full range of tax services for cross-border cases between the US and Germany. Our services include:

  • Tax-optimized structuring for investments by US companies and individuals in Germany
  • Advice on German corporate tax law for US companies
  • Advice on German income tax law for US individuals
  • Tax advice on cross-border financing
  • Tax advice on German withholding taxes
  • Support with German tax audits
  • Support in disputes with the German tax authorities (litigation)
  • Tax advice on transfer pricing for transactions between US and Germany

Specialization in M&A tax

We also specialize in providing tax and financial advice in the context of restructurings as well as sales and acquistions of companies (M&A tax). Therefore, we are the right partner for US companies and individuals with connections to German tax law planning to sell or restructure their business or that intend to acquire a German business. Very often, there is considerable (tax) optimization potential in Germany in these constellations, which we would like to leverage together with our clients.

Our services in the field of M&A tax include tax due diligences, tax advice on the structuring and financing of transactions, and support in negotiating tax clauses. We also assist with finance issues and purchase price negotiations. We provide these services to strategic investors and to financial investors.

This is important for US companies from a German tax perspective:

For a US company doing business in Germany, there are several key tax considerations to keep in mind:

Corporate Income Tax: The standard corporate income tax rate in Germany is 15% (plus a solidarity surcharge of 5.5% on top of the corporate income tax). The additional German trade tax rate depends on the place where a PE is located in Germany and starts at 7% (average 14% to 15%).

VAT: In Germany, companies are required to charge VAT on their sales and may be able to claim back VAT paid on business expenses. The standard VAT rate in Germany is 19%, with reduced rates of 7% and 0% available for certain goods and services.

Transfer Pricing: If a US company has a subsidiary or branch in Germany, it must comply with transfer pricing rules. This means that transactions between the US company and its German subsidiary or branch must be conducted at arm’s length to ensure that profits are allocated appropriately.

Withholding Taxes: In some cases, a German withholding taxes can apply. For example, if a German company is paying dividends to shareholders in the US, it may be required to withhold a certain percentage of the dividend payment and remit it to the German tax authorities.

Permanent Establishment: A US company with a presence in Germany may be subject to German tax on its profits earned in Germany, even if the company is not incorporated in Germany. This is known as having a permanent establishment in Germany, and it can have significant tax implications.

Double Taxation: The US has a tax treaty with Germany to avoid double taxation. This means that US companies doing business in Germany may be able to offset German taxes paid against their US tax liability.

Compliance: It’s important for US companies doing business in Germany to comply with all applicable tax laws and regulations. Failure to do so can result in penalties, fines, and legal issues.

Overall, it’s important for US companies doing business in Germany to have a thorough understanding of German tax laws and regulations. Working with a German tax lawyer who is familiar with the tax landscape in both countries can help ensure compliance and minimize tax liability.

Looking for a Geerman tax advisor? Why we are the right partner for you

One of the main benefits of working with GHS is that we offer personalized service to each of our clients. We take the time to understand your unique needs and goals, and develop a customized plan that meets your specific needs. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and our ability to provide practical and effective solutions for our clients.

In addition to our expertise in German and international tax law, we also have experience working with US tax law. This can be especially valuable for US individuals and companies who are doing business abroad, as we can help you navigate the tax requirements in both countries and ensure that you’re in compliance with all applicable regulations.

At GHS, we understand that tax issues can be stressful and time-consuming. That’s why we strive to make the process as smooth and hassle-free as possible for our clients. We’ll work with you to develop a customized plan that meets your specific needs, and we’ll be there to support you every step of the way.

We look forward to hearing from you

If you’re looking for tax specialists who can help you navigate the complexities of German and international tax law, look no further than GHS. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you with your tax needs.

At GHS you will meet a young and dynamic team that already gained a lot of experience in the field of high-level tax advise. We guarantee that we will devote ourselves to your questions with the utmost dedication and aim to deliver the highest quality. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve financial stability and peace of mind. We look forward to working with you!