VAT Validation: Result codes of the BZSt

Stand: 24.01.2021

The result codes (return values) listed here are in the number range (200-299) of the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt).

Own result codes

We have reserved the number range 900—999 as erpware for our return values.

CodeDescription
200The requested VAT number is valid.
201The requested VAT number is invalid.
202The requested VAT number is invalid. It is not registered in the business file of the EU Member State concerned. Note:Your business partner may obtain their valid VAT number from the tax authority responsible for them. He may need to submit a request for his VAT number to be included in the database.
203The requested VAT number is invalid. It’s only valid from the…
204The requested VAT number is invalid. It was valid for the period from… to…
205Your request cannot be answered by the requested EU Member State or for other reasons. Please try again later. In case of repeated problems, please contact the Federal Central Tax Office — Saarlouis headquarters.
206Your German VAT number is invalid. A confirmation request is therefore not possible. You can ask for the reason at the Bundeszentralamt für Steuern (Saarlouis).
207You have been granted the German VAT number exclusively for the purposes of taxation ofintra-Community acquisitions. You are therefore not entitled to make confirmation requests.
208For the VAT number you requested, there is a request from another user. It is therefore not possible to edit it. Please try again later.
209The requested VAT number is invalid. It does not correspond to the structure that applies to this EU Member State.
210The requested VAT number is invalid. It does not comply with the check digit rules applicable to that EU Member State.
211The requested VAT number is invalid. It contains illegal characters.
212The requested VAT number is invalid. It contains an illegal country code.
213It is not possible to query a German VAT number.
214Your German VAT number is faulty. It starts with ‘DE’ followed by 9 digits.
215Your request does not contain all the necessary information for a simple confirmation request (your German VAT number and the foreign VAT number). VAT No.) Your request cannot therefore be processed.
216Your request does not contain all the necessary information for a qualified confirmation request (your German VAT No. VAT no., company name including legal form and place). A simple confirmation request was made with the following result: The requested VAT number is valid.
217An error occurred while processing data from the requested EU Member State. Your request cannot therefore be processed.
218Qualified confirmation is not currently possible. A simple confirmation request was made with the following result: The requested VAT number is valid.
219An error occurred while performing the qualified confirmation request. A simple confirmation request was made with the following result: The requested VAT number is valid.
220An error occurred while requesting the official confirmation message. You will not receive a letter.
221The request data does not contain all necessary parameters or an invalid data type.
223The requested VAT number is valid. The printing function is no longer available, since the proof according to the UStA must be led to § 18e.1.
900The validated VAT number is valid, but the submitted data for the qualified query is incorrect.
997Please make sure that all VAT numbers are in uppercase letters.
998Your request cannot be processed at this time. Please try again later.
999Your request cannot be processed at this time. Please try again later. Error code 999 is also used to display error messages during automatic check (start parameter “-auto”).

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