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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) from the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt).

Own result codes

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

Code Description
200 The requested VAT number is valid.
201 The requested VAT number is invalid.
202 The 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.
203 The requested VAT number is invalid. It’s only valid from the…
204 The requested VAT number is invalid. It was valid for the period from… to…
205 Your 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.
206 Your German VAT number is invalid. A confirmation request is therefore not possible. You can ask for the reason at the Bundeszentralamt für Steuern (Saarlouis).
207 You have been granted the German VAT number exclusively for the purposes of taxation of
intra-Community acquisitions. You are therefore not entitled to make confirmation requests.
208 For the VAT number you requested, there is a request from another user. It is therefore not possible to edit it. Please try again later.
209 The requested VAT number is invalid. It does not correspond to the structure that applies to this EU Member State.
210 The requested VAT number is invalid. It does not comply with the check digit rules applicable to that EU Member State.
211 The requested VAT number is invalid. It contains illegal characters.
212 The requested VAT number is invalid. It contains an illegal country code.
213 It is not possible to query a German VAT number.
214 Your German VAT number is faulty. It starts with ‘DE’ followed by 9 digits.
215 Your 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.
216 Your 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.
217 An error occurred while processing data from the requested EU Member State. Your request cannot therefore be processed.
218 Qualified confirmation is not currently possible. A simple confirmation request was made with the following result:
The requested VAT number is valid.
219 An error occurred while performing the qualified confirmation request. A simple confirmation request was made with the following result:
The requested VAT number is valid.
220 An error occurred while requesting the official confirmation message. You will not receive a letter.
221 The request data does not contain all necessary parameters or an invalid data type.
223 The 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.
900 The validated VAT number is valid, but the submitted data for the qualified query is incorrect.
997 Please make sure that all VAT numbers are in uppercase letters.
998 Your request cannot be processed at this time. Please try again later.
999 Your 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”).

If you see a discrepancy with our status listed here compared to BZSt, please let us know.