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Enter words here that describe what you are looking for (e.B. cut a tree) or a matter for citizens and companies (e.B. house construction, marriage).
Source: BUS Sachsen-Anhalt (Linie6PLus)

Simplified procedure for reduction of or exemption from tax deduction for transfers of rights pursuant to Section 50a (1) No. 3 EStG (control notification procedure Section 50d (5) EStG)


In cases of minor tax significance, the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt) may authorise royalty debtors to participate in the control procedure. This allows remuneration debtors to omit the deduction of tax on royalties for individual amounts (contract-related consideration) up to a maximum of EUR 5,500 (gross amount without VAT) as well as for annual amounts up to a maximum of EUR 40,000 (gross amount without VAT) per remuneration creditor or to apply a lower tax rate.

This applies to debtors of creditors who are resident in a foreign state with which a double taxation agreement (DTA) exists. The respective double taxation agreement regulates whether the debtor can omit the tax deduction in whole or in part.

In the control reporting procedure, no cooperation of the foreign remuneration creditor is required.

Payments that are excluded from the control reporting procedure:

  • artistic performances,
  • sporting performances and
  • Supervisory board activities.

You must report payments made under participation in the control reporting procedure to the BZSt and the debtor's competent business tax offices on an annual basis (annual control report).
You submit your application for participation in the control reporting procedure in writing to the BZSt.

Applications may be made

  • only the person liable for payment for transfers of rights pays or his authorised representative.

Further requirements:

  • the remuneration to the respective remuneration creditor (= licensor) must not exceed EUR 5,500 (gross amount without VAT) for individual amounts (contract-related consideration) and EUR 40,000 gross in a calendar year
  • The creditor of the service must be resident in a country that has a double taxation agreement with Germany.

With the authorization you need:

  • a BZSt tax number
  • official form

  • for processing the application: 2 to 4 weeks
  • Opposition
  • Administrative court action

  • Forms: yes
  • Online procedure possible: no
  • Written form required: yes
  • Personal appearance required: no

You must submit the application for participation in the control reporting procedure in writing to the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt).

  • Now call up the application for participation in the control reporting procedure on the BZSt website. Complete the application electronically. Print it out and sign it.
  • Send the application to the BZSt by post.
  • Your application will be processed and checked by the BZSt.
  • If your application is approved, you will receive a written authorisation notice by post.

Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF)

Bundeszentralamt für Steuern (BZSt)
An der Küppe 1
53225 Bonn, Stadt
+49 228 406-0
+49 228 406-2661

Monday 09:00 - 16:00

Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00

Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00

Thursday 09:00 - 16:00

Friday 09:00 - 16:00