Fiscal representative obligations

Some countries require all non-EU companies to appoint a fiscal representative when registering for VAT.

Some countries require all non-EU companies to appoint a fiscal representative when registering for VAT. This requirement has been waived in a number of Member States. For EU companies, it is always possible to register directly in any EU country. Some local requirements may however suggest a fiscal representative also for EU companies in certain jurisdictions. For example, if you need a correspondence address (eg Bulgaria) or the registration form must be signed by a person with a local ID (eg. Spain) it is easier to appoint someone locally.

Non-EU countries like Switzerland or Iceland require a fiscal representative to be appointed. Norway has recently announced plans to waive the fiscal representative requirement for all EEA based companies.

Where a fiscal representative is appointed, this representative is, in most cases, jointly and severally liable for the obligations of the represented company in the country of registration.

  • Austria

    • Fiscal rep for non-EU companies

      Required

    • Fiscal rep for EU companies

      Not required

  • Belgium

    • Fiscal rep for non-EU companies

      Required

    • Fiscal rep for EU companies

      Not required

  • Bulgaria

    • Fiscal rep for non-EU companies

      Required

    • Fiscal rep for EU companies

      Not required

  • Croatia

    • Fiscal rep for non-EU companies

      Required

    • Fiscal rep for EU companies

      Not required

  • Cyprus

    • Fiscal rep for non-EU companies

      Required

    • Fiscal rep for EU companies

      Not required

  • Czech Republic

    • Fiscal rep for non-EU companies

      Not required

    • Fiscal rep for EU companies

      Not required

  • Denmark

    • Fiscal rep for non-EU companies

      Required

    • Fiscal rep for EU companies

      Not required

  • Estonia

    • Fiscal rep for non-EU companies

      Required

    • Fiscal rep for EU companies

      Not required

  • Finland

    • Fiscal rep for non-EU companies

      Required

    • Fiscal rep for EU companies

      Not required

  • France

    • Fiscal rep for non-EU companies

      Required

    • Fiscal rep for EU companies

      Not required

  • Germany

    • Fiscal rep for non-EU companies

      Not required

    • Fiscal rep for EU companies

      Not required

  • Greece

    • Fiscal rep for non-EU companies

      Required

    • Fiscal rep for EU companies

      Not required

  • Hungary

    • Fiscal rep for non-EU companies

      Required

    • Fiscal rep for EU companies

      Not required

  • Ireland

    • Fiscal rep for non-EU companies

      Not required

    • Fiscal rep for EU companies

      Not required

  • Italy

    • Fiscal rep for non-EU companies

      Required

    • Fiscal rep for EU companies

      Not required

  • Latvia

    • Fiscal rep for non-EU companies

      Not required

    • Fiscal rep for EU companies

      Not required

  • Lithuania

    • Fiscal rep for non-EU companies

      Required

    • Fiscal rep for EU companies

      Not required

  • Luxembourg

    • Fiscal rep for non-EU companies

      Not required

    • Fiscal rep for EU companies

      Not required

  • Malta

    • Fiscal rep for non-EU companies

      Not required

    • Fiscal rep for EU companies

      Not required

  • Netherlands

    • Fiscal rep for non-EU companies

      Not required

    • Fiscal rep for EU companies

      Not required

  • Poland

    • Fiscal rep for non-EU companies

      Required

    • Fiscal rep for EU companies

      Not required

  • Portugal

    • Fiscal rep for non-EU companies

      Required

    • Fiscal rep for EU companies

      Not required

  • Romania

    • Fiscal rep for non-EU companies

      Required

    • Fiscal rep for EU companies

      Not required

  • Slovakia

    • Fiscal rep for non-EU companies

      Not required

    • Fiscal rep for EU companies

      Not required

  • Slovenia

    • Fiscal rep for non-EU companies

      Required

    • Fiscal rep for EU companies

      Not required

  • Spain

    • Fiscal rep for non-EU companies

      Required

    • Fiscal rep for EU companies

      Not required

  • Sweden

    • Fiscal rep for non-EU companies

      Required

    • Fiscal rep for EU companies

      Not required

  • United Kingdom

    • Fiscal rep for non-EU companies

      Not required

    • Fiscal rep for EU companies

      Not required


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