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2124853 - VAT Declaration for Business Residence, Germany and Austria


You want to maintain a VAT Declaration for each Business Residence in the company but once you want to schedule various VAT Return Runs, you get the error message: Tax return XXX already exists for period dd-mm-yyyy to dd-mm-yyyy.

Reproducing the Issue

  1. Goto Work Center Tax Management
  2. Select view Periodic Tasks
  3. Choose VAT Return Runs
  4. Press New - Tax Return Run
  5. Enter the necessary variables and choose Set To Active
  6. In previous screen select relevant run and press Schedule
  7. Try to perform steps 1 to 6 again for the same period and you will get error message Tax return XXX already exists for period dd-mm-yy to dd-mm-yy


Every company receives only one VAT-ID, even if the company has various Business Residences (UStG Paragr. 1 Abs. 2 Satz 3). Subcompanies do not get any VAT-ID's (UStG § 3a Abs. 3 Satz 2, 3f, 3g und Abs. 25 Satz 4 - UStDV § 1 Satz 2). 

For further information for German companies see link below:

For additional information for Austrian companies see link below: 




The system works as designed. In Germany and Austria it is not possible to maintain VAT ID's for Business Residences.



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