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Chamber of Tax Consultants - Appointment as tax consultant

Tax consultants and tax agents have to be appointed by the Chamber of Tax Consultants (Steuerberaterkammer) responsible for the location of their firm in order to be able to exercise their profession. Together with the appointment, membership is also accepted. This is compulsory in a Chamber of Tax Consultants.

The Chambers of Tax Consultants are corporations under public law. The main duties of the chambers are in particular to monitor compliance with professional obligations. Furthermore they also have to represent the professional interests of their members as well as to promote their further and advanced training.

Responsible authority

the Chamber of Tax Consultants

Prerequisite

To be appointed by one of the Chambers of Tax Consultants in Baden-Württemberg, you have to

  • have passed the examination for tax consultants or tax agents or
  • have been exempted from the examination and
  • have set up the location of your firm in the catchment area of the relevant chamber in Baden-Württemberg.

Procedure

The appointment of a tax consultant has to be applied for at the Chamber of Tax Consultants responsible for the location of your firm. There you will receive the corresponding form. Complete the form and submit it together with the required documents to the relevant chamber.

The application for an appointment as a tax consultant has to be submitted to the responsible authority in writing. It has to be signed by hand or have a qualified electronic signature.

Once all requirements for the appointment have been met, a certificate of appointment will be issued. You will be registered in the professional register.

Required documents

  • completed application form
  • copy of the identity card or comparable identity documents
  • certified copy of the certificate from the relevant supreme Federal State authority regarding the successful completion of the tax consultant examination or exemption from this examination
  • current passport photograph
  • proof of your academic degrees or titles (e.g. certificates)
  • in the case of lawyers, established European lawyers, auditors or certified accountants in addition: confirmation from your relevant professional association
  • if you work for an employer:
    • confirmation from your employer
    • employment contract
  • proof of professional indemnity insurance or proof that you are insured under your employer’s insurance
  • if your appointment as tax consultant has been revoked: proof, that the reasons for the revocation no longer exist
  • for proof of personal reliability:
    • if your place of residence is in Germany, you will normally need:
    • If your place of residence is abroad, you will need documents from your native country, which prove that you have the personal reliability to provide the requested service.

Alongside the documents listed above, when checking the personal reliability the authorising authority could also request in individual cases additional documents, which are suitable for making a statement about the personal reliability of the applicant.

Deadlines/Duration

The members of the chamber have to be appointed by a Chamber of Tax Consultants before starting to work in their profession.

Costs/Benefits

An administrative fee of 160 euros or 175 euros resp. has to be paid for the appointment depending on the Chamber of Tax Consultants.

Members are obliged to pay a subscription to the chamber. The subscription is specified by the relevant chamber assembly. Please ask the relevant chamber, how much subscription has to be paid in your case.

Release note

The German original version of this text was drafted in close cooperation with the relevant departments. The Steuerberaterkammern Nordbaden, Stuttgart und Südbaden released it on 21.04.2010. Only the German text is legally binding. The Federal State does not assume any liability for the translated texts.
In cases of doubt or if you have any questions or problems, please contact the relevant authorities directly.
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