**JUST A WARNING**for those planning to use a VAT form at iPhone Sales in Landstuhl. Ensure that your VAT form has 4 x's on the top, left hand corner of the Abwicklungsschein page. The X's must be in the middle of the box and heaven forbid not touching it or on the outside of the box. I was not able to use this today because my x's were just above the box. In all my (almost) 10 years here in Germany, I have never heard of something so asinine. I ended up calling the VAT office directly and they explained the following: technically it's yes and no. Yes most German companies will take them because most are not that incredibly picky but the X's do have to be in the middle of the boxes. But with the printers, it is normally a little off.
I used these same exact VAT forms at another location today and I pointed out that the X's were a little above the boxes, touching the line. The guy in the store looked at me like I was crazy and told me of course he'll take it. So, I would imagine this company is doing pretty well since they are turning business away. Please pass along this information, I know I will.
I have heard of this happening at other places, too. Apparently, depending on who processes the VAT form once the company who accepted it turns it in, it can be rejected because of the boxes not being properly filled in. This means that the company accepting the form is responsible for the VAT and has to pay it, even thought they did not collect it.
I'd be pissed, too. But, the bottom line is that if the boxes are not properly checked, the merchant doesn't have to take the form. Well, taking the form is voluntary to begin with, but you know what I mean.