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Germany - Obtain Tax/Fiscal Identification Number (Numero de Identificação Fiscal)

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Introduction

You need to obtain a tax id number (former Tax Card) for the purposes of taxation, government benefits and health care.

Eligibility

  • You need to apply for a tax id number as soon as you have registered your address in Germany and are legally allowed to work.
  • If you have not been issued with an identification number yet.
  • If you are entering an employment for the first time.
  • If you are taking up additional employment (tax class VI).
  • The circumstances established by the entries in the register of residents and the taxation identifiers retrieved by your employer do not match the actual circumstances.
  • If you are requesting tax refund.
  • If the tax ID card is lost, unusable or has been destroyed.

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Instructions

Germany is divided into 16 states. In each state the tax id process is different. The process can also differ from city to city within each state. Depending on where you live within Germany, you must apply for a tax id number at a particular tax office. In case your spouse needs a tax ID please fill in a separate form. If you are applying for tax class II for the first time, please add the following document: Versicherung zum Entlastungsbetrag fur Alleinerziende or Vereinfachter Antrag auf Lohnsteuer-ermabigung. If you are child over the age of 18, please add the document: Vereinfachter Antrag auf Lohnsteuer-ermabigung.


Required Information

  • Identification Number
  • Name of the applicant
  • Date of birth
  • Street, Number (of Address)
  • Post code, City
  • Telephone number you can be contacted on (in case of additional questions)
  • Tax Class
  • Number of child allowances
  • Children’s names
  • Reason for application

Procedure

  • Obtain the application form from the German Taxation Office.
  • You will need to complete an application form and take it to the German Taxation Office.
  • You will receive your tax number directly or get the notification letter with the Tax ID number by mail at your registered German address.
  • The application form can be obtained from Tax Office Website: http://www.bzst.de/EN


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Required Documents

  • Identification Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Passport
  • Complete Application Form

Fees

Free of charge

Validity

Tax/Fiscal Identification Number (Numero de Identificação Fiscal)is Valid Forever

Documents to Use

Application Form

Sample Documents

Living and Working in Germany [1]

Processing Time

Up to 3 months

Office Locations & Contacts

First office Bonn-Beuel
Visitor address:
Bundeszentralamt für Steuern
An der Küppe 1
53225 Bonn
Postal address
Bundeszentralamt für Steuern
53221 Bonn
Germany
Telephone: +49 228 406-0
Telefax: +49 228 406-2661
email: poststelle@bzst.bund.de

Office Berlin
Visitor address;
Bundeszentralamt für Steuern
DGZ-Ring 12
13086 Berlin
Postal address;
Bundeszentralamt für Steuern
11055 Berlin
Germany
Telephone: +49 228 406-0
Telefax: +49 228 406-3710
email: poststelle@bzst.bund.de

Office Saarlouis
Visitor address;
Bundeszentralamt für Steuern
Ahornweg 1-3
66740 Saarlouis
Postal address;
Bundeszentralamt für Steuern
66738 Saarlouis
Germany
Telephone: +49 228 406-0
Telefax: +49 228 406-3801
email: poststelle-saarlouis@bzst.bund.de

Office Schwedt/Oder
Visitor address
Bundeszentralamt für Steuern
Passower Chaussee 3b
16303 Schwedt/Oder
Postal address
Bundeszentralamt für Steuern
Passower Chaussee 3b
16303 Schwedt/Oder
Germany
Telephone: +49 228 406-0
Telefax: +49 228 406-4722
email: poststelle-schwedt@bzst.bund.de

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Information which might help

You should note that you are obliged to apply for a change in the tax ID number as soon as the circumstances necessary for the establishment of your tax class and the consideration of children are changing to your disadvantage.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

  • To file an income tax return
  • Used on all applications, declarations and communications directed to the German revenue authorities concerning income tax.
  • The identification number will replace the tax number in income tax matters
  • Start or change jobs.

External Links

https://mygermanexpert.com/main/services_tax
http://www.bzst.de/EN/Steuern_National/Steueridentifikationsnummer/steuerid.html
http://blog.mygermanexpert.com/2013/03/How-to-get-a-German-Tax-ID-Number.html
http://www.bzst.de/EN/SIC/sic_node.html;jsessionid=8C729DFFF7E023EA66DD40D17347F896

Others

If you have any other question in regards of the Tax ID Number, do not hesitate to contact the German Taxation Office.

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