On 26 June we started our joint webinar series with the two speakers: Auditor Andrea Köchling (in a non-official capacity) and Dr. Roger Gothmann.

The motivation for this was that numerous tax offices have so far had little insight into companies in e-commerce. Conversely, this is - naturally - also the case. Many young digital companies have so far only submitted their tax returns. An intensive exchange - e.g. in the course of audits - is currently still rather the exception.

However, that should not be the case. An understanding of each other's work and challenges is always the best remedy against suspicion, distrust and wrong conclusions - not only in this area of life!

Two institutions are slowly converging: online commerce and tax offices

Company audits or Value Added Taxspecial audits often begin with the auditor taking a close look at the company.

In e-commerce, this often happens digitally in advance: the tax office will first have a look at the website, the web shop, possibly the blog and the appearance in social media (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, ...), since companies or their marketing departments often reveal more than their own tax advisor knows.

However, if the examiner has to look into the value-added process of an online merchant, this becomes much more difficult in e-commerce. Many processes are digital and fully automated.

As a result, these companies can grow much faster. However, a wrongly set variable can lead to the fact that e.g. taxable B2C deliveries to France are assessed as tax-free export deliveries - for years.

In addition, the question always arises for the auditor - and not just since Wirecard -: Can the figures/data also have been manipulated at certain points in the process?

These two areas of risk: Value Added Tax and Transparency & Documentation (GoBD) are the subject of this webinar series, from which both sides should benefit: Financial management and e-commerce.

Red thread of the Webinar series

Andrea and Roger first discussed the thematic framework for the further consequences at the kick-off event.

These include in particular

  • Why might online merchants be subject to particularly frequent audits in the future in the form of Value Added Taxspecial audits, tax audits or unannounced Value Added Taxinspections?
  • What are the well-known classics and probably future fields of examination in the field of Value Added Tax?
  • As a tax consultant, do I have to post each revenue individually in DATEV even if I have a client with 50,000 transactions per month in accordance with Section 146 (1) AO?
  • What are the GoBDs and why could the outcome of many tax audits and Value Added Taxspecial audits depend significantly on these four letters in the foreseeable future?
  • Is the tax office or a tax auditor allowed to document procedures - What is that actually? - demand?
  • What could be the consequences if there is no procedural documentation in the company - at least as required by the tax authorities?

You missed the kickoff meeting? No problem. Here's the recording.

Recording of the launch event on 26 June 2020

Kick-off event: Financial administration meets e-commerce on 26 June 2020

What happens next?

First of all, Andrea and Roger would like to thank the audience for the numerous and above all good feedback during and after the webinar.

This has confirmed our decision to continue this series in the near future and to deepen individual topic blocks - always with a practical focus.

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