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Church Resignation Declaration

The withdrawal from a church, religious community or community of beliefs must be explained to the competent authority.

Process flow

The declaration of withdrawal must be made in person.

The notification change in religious affiliation is transmitted electronically by the competent authority to the tax administration. The employer automatically learns of the church exit by retrieving the electronic payroll tax deduction characteristics (ELStAM), which are stored by the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt).

A consultation with the tax office is therefore no longer necessary, the employee must inform the employer accordingly.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the municipality, the municipality and the city in which you reside or are habitually resident.


  • over 14 years of age
  • Persons who have not yet reached the age of 14:
    • The legally represented person who is responsible for the care of the person (parents, possibly a parent) can declare the departure of the church.
  • Children who have reached the age of 12
    • Withdrawal cannot be declared against their will.

Which documents are required?

  • Identity card or passport
  • if available: baptism certificate

What are the fees?

Fee: 30,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No
Church exit

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

The church exit shall take effect on the day of the declaration. However, the church tax obligation does not end until the end of the calendar month in which the declaration took effect.


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Home Affairs and Sport

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

Further Links

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