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Transmit futility message due to insufficient cooperation of contracting persons

The purpose of transmitting the futility report is to combat tax evasion.

As a credit institution, you have 3 months after the start of the business relationship with the contracting person to record the identification number.
If you were unable to record the identification number, you must transmit the following information to the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt):

  • Personal details and
  • details of the address

of each authorized drawer and beneficial owner.

You are obliged to provide the above information in order to maintain the accuracy of your accounts. The account truthfulness applies to every person who wants to keep an account, keep valuables or leave a safe deposit box.

You submit the futility report using an electronic reporting procedure provided by the BZSt.

If you hold a credit account and the credit only serves to

  • financing of private consumer goods and
  • the credit line does not exceed the amount of EUR 12,000,

you do not need to determine the identification number.

Process flow

You must submit the futility report to the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt) via an electronic reporting procedure.

  • Apply for approval to use the tax deduction procedure for church tax.
  • Enter all required information in the reporting file.
  • Transmit the reporting file to the BZSt. The BZSt checks your reporting file.
  • The BZSt confirms the successful transmission of the reporting file by means of a reply file.

To transmit the futility report, you use the approval for the tax deduction procedure for church tax; you do not require a separate approval for the specialist procedure Account Truth. A reference to the required use of the account truth procedure is sufficient.


A futility report must be submitted:

  • Credit institutions
    • which have not been able to record or ascertain the identification number of the contracting person by the end of the 3rd month after the start of the business relations

Which documents are required?

  • none

What are the fees?

  • none

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Transmission of the futility report: by the end of February of the following year

The futility report must be submitted by the end of February of the following year even if the account is opened in December.

Processing duration

  • for processing the notification: immediately after technical inspection

Applications / forms

  • Forms: no
  • Online procedure possible: yes
  • Written form necessary: no
  • Personal appearance: no

The futility report is transmitted via the electronic reporting procedure of the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt).

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF)

Professionally released on



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Data protection information

Landkreis Emsland
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306


Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
responsible for:

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)