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VDMA Infoportal Ukraine War
The machinery and plant engineering sector condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine in the strongest possible terms. The VDMA will support its member companies in word and deed in order to master the many challenges that are now arising.
International Taxation
As a special field of tax law, international tax law deals with the problems of cross-border situations that are relevant for the taxation of individuals, partnerships and corporations.
Permanent Establishment Taxation
The permanent establishment is a tax fiction that can quickly become complex in its handling. Despite the fact that it is not legally independent, it triggers registration and tax declaration obligations in the source country, for example.
Transfer pricing
Die Umsetzung regulatorischer Vorgaben zu Verrechnungspreisen wird eine der großen zukünftigen Herausforderungen für Unternehmen sein. Die Digitalisierung von Daten spielt eine immer zentralere Rolle und damit auch die Vernetzung der Steuerverwaltungen.
Posting of Employees
The deployment of employees abroad is part of the daily business for many companies, but nevertheless regularly triggers many questions in the area of labor, tax, social security and immigration law.
Plant Engineering
Mechanical and plant engineering companies from all over Europe are involved in the VDMA. Mechanical engineering is a familiar term to many, but what characterizes plant engineering?
Work assignments in Europe
Regarding work assignments in Europe, three completely different topics - "reporting requirements", "social law: A1 certificate" and "labor law: posting of workers directive" - are increasingly moving into the spotlight.
Research Funding
In order to support long-term and future-oriented research and development, innovative projects are granted financial backing. In addition to collaborative and joint research, companies may also benefit from tax-based research funding.
Home Office
For many employees, working in a home office is a completely new situation that has caught them very unprepared due to the pandemic. This raises a host of practical and legal issues.

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“They gave the small and medium-sized businesses a bigger nail, but refused to give them the hammer to go with it. So we do not get the picture hung up.“

Bertram Kawlath, Managing Director Schubert & Salzer GmbH, Vice President of VDMA, about the new regulation on loss carryback.

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hours are required for companies

of medium size to calculate their tax liability, prepare tax returns and pay taxes in Germany as a minimum.

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Degressive depreciation is the better alternative
Promoting investment in climate protection and digitization is the right thing to do. But an investment premium on specific goods is not appropriate:
  • Limiting it to certain goods is not open to technology and could even reduce innovations.
  • There are already various other environmental policy instruments that are used to steer investments.
  • Restricting them would unnecessarily complicate tax law.

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Find out about the tax issues you should consider for a successful work assignment in the US.

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  • Regional Subsidiary Baden-Wuerttemberg

Since January 2020, there has been a new funding instrument, the Tax Research Grant, in Germany. Researching companies are entitled to an allowance of 25 percent of their wage costs for research staff. Contract research is also eligible for funding. The assessment base is capped at EUR 4 million per company

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At the web event on November 24, 2022, Dr. Marion Hohmann-Viol will answer your questions about assembly operations in Switzerland.

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Tax Database: Taxation of plant construction projects
The taxation of plant construction projects abroad is hardly a walk in the park. These country-specific resources provide an overview of the relevant tax framework.


Tax Database: Taxation of technical services
The taxation of maintenance, repairs, etc. performed abroad is becoming increasingly challenging. With this country-specific information, additional tax burdens can be avoided in advance.
Overview: Double taxation agreements
In addition to the permanent establishment period, the country overview contains information on the 183-day rule, which, among other things, governs the tax exemption for wages in Germany.
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