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ELSTER is the standard of tax administration in Germany. It provides various tools that companies in Germany use for electronic financial reporting. For the declaration of value-added tax (VAT) returns, ELSTER provides endpoints to the open interface of a web service. These endpoints were supported by Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations. However, ELSTER has announced that, as of January 1, 2019, the open interface for transferring data for sales tax returns will be closed by the German tax authorities.

Starting January 1, 2019, the ELSTER Rich Client (ERiC) interface must be used to transfer data for sales tax returns. For more information about ERiC, see the Appendix of this document.

At the same time, if a company is registered in Germany, users can submit the VAT declaration via the web interface Mein ELSTER or by using ElsterFormular.

Starting from the November 14, 2018 ELSTER open interface of web service will support the transfer of the data for VAT declaration with version 11 of TransferHeader (TH) and user data header (NH). The previous versions TH (Version 8) and NH (Version 10) will no longer be accepted as of this date.


This hotfix provides changes in XML format according to the new requirements for report submitting via the web interface or ERiC, and possibility of saving of the generated XML.

Submission of a VAT declaration through the web interface or ERiC requires the following adjustments to the XML format:

  • The <Elster> namespace must be changed.

  • The <Vorgang> tag must be reported with the “send-Auth” value.

  • The <Datei> block of fields must be reported.

  • The <TransferHeader> tag must be reported with the version=“11” attribute.

For Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, the update will let users in Germany complete these tasks:

  • Preview the updated format by using the existing Preview tab in the Electronic tax declaration log form.

  • Save the VAT declaration in XML format from an attachment to a record in the Electronic tax declaration log form.

  • Manually update status of the “Electronic tax declaration log” record to Sent.


To prepare the Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations for generation of Germany VAT declaration in new XML format (with <TransferHeader> and <TransferHeader> of version “11”) the following steps must to be done:

  1. Download and import updated GER configurations: Elster (DE).version.3.4.xml.

  2. Download and install update packages according to the prerequisites in the GER configuration and documentation.

To set up new version of the format and use it for reporting starting from the 14 November 2018 the following steps should be done:

  1. Don’t remove previously set up Elster (DE) format.

  2. Download new format from the LCS: Elster (DE).version.3.4.

  3. New version of the Elster (DE) format will appear in list of versions related to Elster (DE) in Electronic reporting module.

  4. Select version “3.4” of the Elster (DE) and check Effective from date for it. Update the Effective from date of the format you are going to use if needed.

Effective from dates parameter let system to determine in the run time which version of the format to be in use taking into account system date.

VAT declaration generation

To create a new VAT declaration report, open Tax > Declarations > Sales tax > Report sales tax for settlement period select corresponding parameters on the dialog and click “OK”.

In the German sales tax report dialog mark Create electronic tax document check box as you did previously. You do not need to set up Style sheet for preview parameter. System will automatically define which style sheet to be used for which format and apply it on Preview tab of the Electronic tax declaration log form. By “OK” button of the German sales tax report dialog, a new line in the Tax > Declarations > Sales tax > Electronic tax declaration log form will be created.

The XML file is already generated basing on the criteria defined in the German sales tax report dialog and generated XML file is attached via Document management to the line in the Electronic tax declaration log table. To review or save this file for further submission (outside of the system), select the line in Electronic tax declaration log form and click on Document handling button in the bottom of the form:1.jpg

Document handling form will be opened showing generated file. From this window you may open the file (via an application associated with .xml extension in your system):2.jpg

Sent field is now available for manual marking. When marked a new line in the File transactions table is created. File transactions form shows which user and when created and marked the report as Sent. Once marked a report cannot be unmarked.

Open Preview tab of the Electronic tax declaration log form to preview the reported values.


The Developers area of the ELSTER website provides examples that show how developers can interact with ERiC for the submission of VAT declaration in XML file format. Examples are provided for C++, C#, and Java. To access this area of the website, you must be registered as a developer. An example may help to create your own executable file to submit XML file using ERiC. You will need to download ERiC DLLs to submit XML file to ELSTER using executable file.

ERiC-Release 27 version is announced to be supported by ELSTER until the April 2019 and can be downloaded by the link.

See more information about ERiC releases.

Hotfix Information

How to obtain the Microsoft Dynamics AX updates files

This update is available for manual download and installation from LCS.


You must have one of the following products installed to apply this hotfix:

  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations

Restart requirement

You must restart the Application Object Server (AOS) service after you apply the hotfix.

If you are encountering an issue downloading, installing this hotfix, or have other technical support questions, contact your partner or, if enrolled in a support plan directly with Microsoft, you can contact technical support for Microsoft Dynamics and create a new support request.

You can also contact technical support for Microsoft Dynamics by phone using these links for country specific phone numbers. To do this, visit one of the following Microsoft websites:

In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Technical Support Professional for Microsoft Dynamics and related products determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The usual support costs will apply to any additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.

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