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2310771 - EU Sales List; Error Message in ELSTER: You have specified a domestic VAT Registration Number. A Domestic VAT Registration Number must not be specified


An EC Sales List Return is transmitted, e.g. via *.CSF-file, to the Online Tax Return System ELSTER.  When processing the return in ELSTER the following error in thrown.

Sie haben eine inlaendische Umsatzsteuer-Identifikationsnummer (USt-IdNr.) angegeben. Es darf keine inländische Umstatzsteuer-Identi fikationsnummer (USt-IdNr.) angegeben werden.

You have specified a domestic VAT Registration Number. A Domestic VAT Registration Number must not be specified.

Reproducing the Issue

  1. Go to Tax Management work center.
  2. Under Tax ReturnsEC Sales List is produced resulting from a EC Sales List Run under Periodic Tasks.
  3. This return is then transmitted to ELSTER (Online Tax Return System) - leading to described error.


Invoicing documents included in the EC Sales List Run relate to domestic business partners. The assigned VAT-Code, however, refers to an Inner-European transaction and is therefore included in the EC Sales List.
EC Sales Lists show goods deliveries, other services and deliveries for intra-community triangulations.


  • The Country of Tax Authority is DE - Germany.
  • In an EC Sales List Tax Return navigate to tab Tax Return
  • In the column VAT Registration Number - Registration Numbers having the prefix DE* are included.
  • Recorded transactions result from Customer Invoices or Customer Invoice Cancellations with an assigned Tax Event EU Sale of Services, Reverse Charge; Tax Rate: 0%


In SAP ByDesign a generic formal viability check is conducted with regards to the VAT Number format. E.g.: <countrycode> followed by 9 characters.
No specific validation is conducted as to whether a domestic VAT Registration Number is included.

The product  - and customer master data has to be maintained accurately in order to prevent the assignment of an EC-VAT-Event for a domestic sales transaction.

As an immediate workaround - the erroneous transaction has to be removed from the resulting data-file.


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