Backdated EU VAT registration and retroactive VAT returns

Backdated EU VAT registration and retroactive settlements for online sellers

Are you selling goods in Europe? Have you exceeded the distance selling threshold and missed the obligation to register for VAT? Are you worried about the tax consequences?

We will register you for VAT retrospectively in all countries where such registration was required. We will also submit for you all overdue tax returns together with the required attachments.

All you need to do is send us the data for registration and a collective file with information about transactions (for each outstanding month). You speak with us in your native language - we prepare and send the required registration and settlement documents in the appropriate languages.

Backdated EU VAT registration and retroactive settlements in 3 easy steps:


Tell us in which countries you need backdated VAT registration and backdated VAT settlements and receive an offer prepared specifically for you.


Read the terms and conditions that you will receive from us. Sign the agreement and send us the necessary information and required documents.


Send us the information and documents needed to retroactively report your company for VAT. Fill in and send back the monthly transactions table you received from us. Wait for confirmation of tax registration in selected countries.

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As part of the VAT retroactive registration and billing service you receive:

  • Expert verification of the need for retroactive VAT filing.
  • Detailed information on the required documentation.
  • Translation of documents necessary during the backdated registration (applies to the "VAT registration with translation package" service).
  • Verification of the correctness of the registration documents.
  • Preparation and submission of forms and applications according to the procedures in force in each country.
  • Advice on bank guarantees and fiscal representation under local regulations.
  • Backdated EU VAT calculation - calculation of VAT due for all countries;
  • Completion and submission of retrospective VAT returns on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis - according to local regulations and procedures;
  • Completion and submission of retrospective annual summary VAT returns - in countries that require it;
  • Backdated EC Sales List Reports (ESL/ECSL) - prepare and submit mandatory monthly or quarterly sales lists for intra-EU stock transfers;
  • Preparation of mandatory backward control files SAF-T/JPK required by tax authorities;
  • Backward Analysis of sales results monthly, for all countries;
  • Support of an assigned account manager throughout the contract.
  • Archiving of all documentation under current legislation.
  • Payment notifications - up-to-date information on when and how to pay overdue VAT;
  • Basic maintenance of correspondence with the tax offices and its European equivalents;
  • Constant and convenient access to all submitted VAT returns and reports through the online 24/7 Client Portal;

Our EU VAT retrospective service covers the entire process of settling tax arrears - from checking when your company should have registered for VAT in the relevant countries to providing you with a tax identification number (VAT number). We also fulfill all the obligations related to the correct retroactive VAT settlement, such as preparing and sending the overdue returns with the required attachments - in the applicable official language and in accordance with local regulations.

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Countries in which we retroactively register for VAT and settle and submit overdue returns:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

Who must register for VAT?

Entrepreneurs selling online within the European Union are required to register for VAT in each country where they sell if they

  • Use a warehouse in that country to ship their products to end customers, or
  • Exceed the sales threshold of EUR 10,000 (in total for all countries), or
  • Have exceeded the mail order thresholds applicable in each EU member state before 01/07/2021.

VAT registration in different European countries requires familiarity with local tax regulations, specialist knowledge and appropriate language skills..

If you have mistakenly missed the moment when you were obliged to register for VAT - we will prepare the necessary retrospective reporting for you, including registration documents and any overdue VAT returns in each country where it was required. If necessary, we will also prepare a covering letter with explanations for the Authority.

Need additional support with your taxes? Check out our other services:

VAT corrections for previous tax periods

When selling a variety of goods in many countries, it can be challenging to account for VAT at the correct domestic tax rate for each product.

One of the most common mistakes entrepreneurs make is applying the wrong VAT rate.

However, whatever the mistake, we will prepare and submit for you the appropriate VAT corrections, explanations and covering letters in the relevant language - under local regulations and procedures.

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General Tax Advisory Services

Tax regulations present many challenges for online retailers. Some of these are due to the fact that the regulations have not kept up with modern technological developments and are not adapted to sales on a global market.

When operating in several countries it is also necessary to comply with all local regulations.

Our tax consultants across Europe specialize in helping companies in the e-commerce industry. If you need expert advice - we will gladly help you. We will provide all advice in your language, even if it involves regulations from other countries.

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Assistance during the tax audit process

Even if you have been reliably and correctly settling taxes for many years, your company may be selected for a tax audit by the tax authorities in the country where you sell.

For some entrepreneurs, such an audit is a very stressful and tedious process. During the audit, both current and archived tax documentation can be checked. Often additional summary settlements, reports or explanations are also required.

Carrying out your VAT settlements, we can take over from you the management of the entire procedure and prepare any necessary additional documents required by the controlling institution.

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Full correspondence management and arrangements with tax authorities

When running a business and settling taxes in a given country there may be a situation when the local tax authority will want to contact you - e.g. to provide you with important information, call for corrections or ask for additional explanations.

The letters you receive from the tax authorities are sometimes difficult to understand even if they are in your native language. If the letter comes from another country and is written in a language you don't speak - things get even more complicated.

Our tax experts can take over the handling of your correspondence with the tax authorities in all countries where we have settled your taxes. Thanks to our European tax advisors network your tax issues are resolved locally, based on country-specific regulations and without your involvement. Your account manager will keep you informed about the progress of your case in your native language.

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Regular service of VAT settlements

Obtaining a VAT number does not have to mean the end of our cooperation. As part of the VAT Compliance service, we will take care of your settlements, submission of VAT declarations with all required attachments and ongoing contact with tax authorities in selected countries.


At amavat® we cooperate with partners in all the countries we serve in Europe. You no longer have to search for tax services in every country where you sell, or deal with the time-consuming and complicated procedures of local tax authorities on your own. You can entrust these processes to our VAT specialists who have knowledge and years of experience in working with e-commerce companies.

Grow with us

Due to their nature, companies working in international online sales are growing very fast. This involves entering new markets and increasing turnover. As a result, they need to register for VAT and maintain regular settlements in other countries.

We can support you in facing these challenges. As part of our services, we can help you with:

We also provide general tax advisory services through our selected partner firms and VAT representation (as required by local regulations).

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Last update : 03.04.2023