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Tax forms

The tax procedure requires different forms for tax returns, tax declarations or applications and certificates, which depend on the different types of tax.

In the ELSTER (ELekctronic STeuerERclarification) procedure, the tax administrations of the Länder and the federal government have developed, among other things, software for the transmission of tax returns. With the ELSTER software, you have the option of comlaborating your annual tax returns, tax (pre-)registrations and payroll tax certificates on your PC and then submitting them electronically to your tax office.

The new program version of ElsterForm for filling in the tax return forms (in addition to the income tax return also the sales tax and business tax return as well as the VAT advance registration and payroll tax registration) and for the electronic transmission of the data is regularly offered free of charge from mid-January(here). In addition, you will receive the program approx. At the end of January also free of charge on CD-ROM in your tax office or you can purchase a commercial tax consulting program in retail.

Since 2006, the submission of a paper printout of the income tax return to the tax office has been waived, provided that you transmit the data authenticated (with certificate). To do this, you must register under www.elsteronline.de via the ElsterOnline portal. Afterwards, you will receive the necessary certificate free of charge either on your computer (software certificate), on the ELSTER stick or it will be read from it when using your signature card. Use the certificate when sending your tax return data electronically, replace your signature and ensure authentication of the data transferr. Together with the electronic payroll tax certificate and the appendix EÜR (revenue/surplus invoice) integrated in ElsterForm, this certificate enables the paperless tax return in many cases. However, the submission in the traditional procedure by submitting a paper printout is still possible.

Your advantages:

  • shorter processing time,
  • no transfer errors in the tax office,
  • less paper,
  • extensive renunciation of documents,
  • electronic communication data transmission,
  • Tax calculation function.

More information about ELSTER can be found here.

Alternatively, a wide range of tax forms are available for you to download, which can be filled in on the PC. In addition, you will receive the necessary forms in all Lower Saxony tax offices and at many towns and municipalities (e.g. citizens' offices).

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

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