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Press release Oberfinanzdirektion Karlsruhe

Starting signal for the processing of income tax returns 2021

The processing of income tax returns for 2021 is now starting at the tax offices in Baden-Württemberg. Employers, insurance companies and other institutions regularly have until February 28 of each year to provide the tax authorities with the necessary data, such as income tax certificates or contribution data for retirement provision, pension withdrawal notifications or data on health and long-term care insurance, for processing the tax return.

By submitting their tax returns electronically, citizens themselves can contribute to the speedy processing of their returns because the data is thus directly and digitally available to the tax office. To submit the tax return paperlessly, a user account must be created at using the tax identification number. Detailed instructions can be found on the ELSTER website.

When using "My ELSTER", data can also be transferred from the previous year. Furthermore, it is possible to carry out a non-binding tax calculation and to use the offer of the pre-filled tax return. In addition, electronic filing makes it possible to include notes and explanations on individual matters directly in the tax return. This saves the tax office from having to ask questions. Receipts are only requested if necessary and should not be sent along. It is sufficient to keep them for possible queries.

For general questions about tax returns, such as tax returns and short-time allowances, the chatbot of the Baden-Württemberg tax administration is available for support. The chatbot is a virtual assistant for explaining tax-related topics.

In addition, the tax administration offers Baden-Württemberg explanatory videos on various tax law topics. Here you will also find a video on the topic of wage replacement benefits, which include short-time allowance. The offer is constantly being expanded.

The chatbot and the explanatory videos are available on the websites of Oberfinanzdirektion Karlsruhe and the tax offices.


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