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Apply for exemption certificate for tax-privileged foreign investors from investment funds


Since 1.1.2018, investment funds with their

  • domestic investment income,
  • domestic real estate income as well as
  • other domestic income

corporation tax.
With the exemption certificate, investment funds can prove the tax status of their tax-privileged foreign investors so that the investment fund is partially or completely exempt from tax.
Foreign investors can apply for the exemption certificate at the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt). Investors must then send the original exemption certificate to their investment fund.
If no exemption certificate is applied for or presented to the investment fund, the income of the investment fund, if it is not exempt from taxation, is subject to corporation tax.

Tax-privileged foreign investors in investment funds may, under certain conditions, apply for a certificate of exemption from the investment fund in whole or in part.

You must submit the application for the exemption certificate in writing to the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt).

  • Download the form from the Online Form Management System (FMS) of the Federal Finance Administration (BFINV) and fill it out.
  • Print out the completed application form. The application form must then be submitted by
    • a legal representative of the investor


  • its authorised representative

be signed.

  • Send the signed form together with the other required documents by post to the headquarters of the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt) in Bonn.
  • The BZSt will examine your application. If necessary, you may need to answer further questions or submit further documents.
  • If the BZSt approves your application, it will send you the exemption certificate issued by post.
  • Forward your exemption certificate in the original (not a copy) by post to the investment fund.
  • The investment fund asserts your tax advantage over the tax authorities.

Postal delivery of the exemption certificate abroad is only possible if this is permissible under international law. In some states, the BZSt is not permitted under international law to send the status certificates by post (an up-to-date list of these states can be found on the BZSt website under "Questions and Answers"). In these cases, the indication of a domestic (German) receiver representative is mandatory.

The application for the issue of an exemption certificate may be submitted by:

  • tax-advantaged foreign investors who are involved in investment funds with registered office and management in the following countries:
    • Belgium
    • Bulgaria
    • Denmark
    • Estonia
    • Finland
    • France
    • Greece
    • Ireland
    • Italy
    • Croatia
    • Latvia
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Malta
    • Netherlands
    • Austria
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • Romania
    • Sweden
    • Slovakia
    • Slovenia
    • Spain
    • Czechia
    • Hungary
    • United Kingdom
    • Cyprus
    • Australia
    • Liechtenstein
    • Canada

Further requirements:

  • the foreign investors must be resident in a state providing administrative and debt enforcement assistance


  • be comparable with German tax-exempt investors.
  • A foreign investor is comparable if he has a
    • corporation
    • People's association


  • Assets


  • which, according to the statutes,
  • the foundation business


  • of the other constitution and according to the actual management exclusively and directly
    • Nonprofit
    • charitable


  • ecclesiastical purposes


and the foreign investor

  • promotes the tax-privileged purposes of natural persons in Germany


  • contributes to the reputation of the Federal Republic of Germany abroad

When applying for the exemption certificate, you must submit:

  • Extract from the commercial register or comparable proof of registration in the home country
  • Proof of recognition of charitable, charitable or ecclesiastical purposes in the country of origin
  • Statutes, Foundation Act or other constitution
  • annual report
  • Statement of revenue and expenditure
  • cash report
  • Balance sheet with evidence of the creation and development of reserves
  • Records of the collection of grants and their proper use
  • if applicable, board minutes
  • Application: the exemption certificate can be applied for retroactively for a maximum period of up to 6 months before the date of application (the receipt of the application is decisive)
  • Validity of the exemption certificate: 3 years, after which a new application must be submitted
  • objection
  • administrative court action
  • Forms: yes
  • Online procedure possible: no
  • Written form required: yes (signed application)
  • personal appearance: no
Form in the Form Management System (FMS) of the Federal Finance Administration (BFINV)

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF)

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