German Desk

Entering a new market is always a great challenge. ParenteBeard is here to make this step easier for you.

Our German desk was created in response to increasing market demands for high quality international consulting services for German companies and individuals looking to expand their presence in the United States. Our service offerings are tailored to the Mittelstand companies as their importance to the German and global economies increases.

Headquartered in our New York City office, our German desk team is led by Kathrin Hacklander, a German national and certified German tax advisor (Steuerberaterin) who previously worked at Baker Tilly Deutschland’s Hamburg office. Kathrin leads a team comprised of international tax and audit professionals, including several members with experience working in Germany and proficiency in German. Working closely with Baker Tilly Deutschland GmbH (RölfsPartner), the team is equipped to serve clients in both Europe and North America.

For German companies seeking to expand into the United States, we’re here to provide expertise on key considerations.

Here’s how we can help you:

Establishing a Business

  • Legal company title
  • Tax-efficient structures
  • Location advice
  • Tax identification number / employer identification number
  • Payroll tax and Social Security system


  • Due diligence studies
  • Tax opinions
  • Transaction advisory
  • Investment banking

Tax Services

  • Tax planning
  • Transfer pricing studies
  • Tax treaty advice
  • Federal, state and local tax returns

Advisory Services

  • Private letter rulings
  • Bookkeeping and accounting services

Our services for individuals include supporting expatriates and resident aliens, such as foreign company executives, foreign shareholders and real estate owners. We can assist with preparing Social Security applications and U.S. tax returns and provide ongoing tax guidance.

Our team’s recent experience includes providing general advice on conducting business in the U.S.; advising a German group owned by U.S. shareholders on their qualifications as a Passive Foreign Investment Company versus as a Controlled Foreign Corporation; preparing a U.S. tax return for the U.S. subsidiary of a German parent company; preparing a U.S. tax return for a German expatriate living in the U.S.; and reviewing a U.S. parent company’s provision for their German subsidiary.

Learn more about our German desk in this video discussion with Kathrin Hacklander.