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What is ELSTER?

ELSTER stands for electronic tax return. This procedure allows you to submit your tax return to the tax office via the Internet. In addition, ELSTER offers further functions.

My ELSTER - Your online tax office

My ELSTER is a personalised, barrier-free and platform-independent access to the electronic services of the tax administration. For this you do not need to install a program on your computer, but only need to register once and free of charge with your personal identification number. You can also find further information at



Are you still using ElsterFormular? But then it's high time to switch to My ELSTER, because the ElsterFormular tax software is available to you for the last time for the preparation of tax returns and tax registrations for 2019. More information.


Since 01 January 2018, you need a ELSTER certificate if you are an entrepreneur. This is because you have to submit electronically authenticated VAT returns, trade tax returns and income statement returns to the tax office. For electronic authentication, you must first register in My ELSTER at Please note that this registration at My ELSTER takes several working days. We therefore recommend that you register immediately.


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