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    • Information Oberfinanzdirektion Karlsruhe

    Warning about fraudulent SMS and calls

    Citizens are currently reporting requests for payment of a tax that they have received via SMS. The SMS contains a link which, when opened, contains a letter from the "tax office Baden-Württemberg" with a request for payment (no tax type, no period, tax amount three digits).
    • Press release of the Oberfinanzdirektion Karlsruhe

    From April 19, 2022, the access regulations (3G) in the service centers of the tax offices will cease to apply

    As of April 19, 2022, access to the service centers of the tax offices will again be possible without proof.
    • Press release of the Oberfinanzdirektion Karlsruhe

    Adjustment of the access regulations in the service centers of the tax offices

    As of April 4, access to the service centers of the tax offices is again possible under the 3G (Vaccinated, Convalescent, Tested) regulations. A negative rapid antigen test is required as proof of testing, whereby the underlying test must have been taken no more than 24 hours previously.
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    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.
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    If the care premium comes: What do caregivers have to consider?

    To honor the tireless efforts of employees in hospitals, nursing homes and outpatient care services during the Corona pandemic, the German government has presented a draft for a Fourth Corona Tax Relief Act. Under the bill, certain special payments to nursing staff granted under federal or state regulations would be tax-free up to a total of 3,000 euros.
    • Press release Oberfinanzdirektion Karlsruhe

    einfachELSTER - the income tax return for persons with pension or retirement income

    From April 2022, the tax offices will be offering a new service around electronic tax returns called einfachELSTER, which is specifically aimed at people with pension or retirement income who are required to file an income tax return with the tax office.
    • Press Release Oberfinanzdirektion Karlsruhe

    Application for wage tax reduction 2022 possible electronically for the first time

    As every year, citizens can apply for their income tax allowance for the year 2022 since 1 October. This is the so-called "application for wage tax reduction". The tax-free allowance is stored by the tax office as an electronic wage tax deduction feature (ELStAM) and automatically communicated to the employer. It increases the monthly net income immediately. In addition, the tax-free allowance can be applied for two years at once.
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    Value added tax for smaller photovoltaic systems and combined heat and power plants

    Upon application, smaller photovoltaic systems and combined heat and power plants can be assumed to be operated on a non-profit basis.
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    Warning against fraudulent job offers

    There is currently a new scam. The fraudsters pretend to be "Wagner Steuerberatung GmbH" and use deceptively real-looking documents in their job offers, which supposedly come from the tax office.
    • Press Release Oberfinanzdirektion Karlsruhe

    Start of training for the junior staff in the middle service of the tax administration

    Extensive hygiene concept and mobile air purification devices in the classrooms enable face-to-face teaching
    • Press release of the Ministry of Finance

    Anonymous whistleblower portal activated

    The Baden-Württemberg tax administration is introducing the first anonymous whistleblower system for tax offices in Germany. The new whistleblower portal offers citizens a secure and anonymous communication channel to report violations of criminal and tax laws.
    • Press Release Oberfinanzdirektion Karlsruhe

    Tax relief for aid to flood victims

    As a result of the storms in mid-July this year (in particular on 14 and 15 July 2021), considerable damage was caused by flooding in parts of the Federal Republic of Germany (in particular Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony). The elimination of this damage will lead to considerable financial burdens for many citizens.
    • Press release of the Ministry of Finance

    Record numbers in pandemic year 2020

    The Baden-Württemberg tax administration has set a new record with around 4.2 million income tax returns in 2020. Despite more difficult working conditions due to the Corona pandemic, the average processing time was improved by one day last year. "It is outstanding that the more than 16,000 employees completed significantly more tasks in less time under pandemic conditions. This shows the impressive performance of the tax administration in the state", said State Secretary of Finance Gisela Splett.
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    The federal and state governments have agreed that income from the operation of small photovoltaic systems with up to 10 kilowatts (kW) will no longer be covered by income tax in the future.

    The simplification rule applies to the plants that were put into operation after December 31, 2003. Income from such plants no longer has to be declared in income tax returns.
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    Information on the regularity of the cash accounting system

    The provisions of the German Fiscal Code (AO; in particular §§ 145 to 147 AO in the version of 29.12.2016) apply to the storage of digital documents.
    • Press Release Oberfinanzdirektion Karlsruhe

    Short-time allowance and obligation to file an income tax return

    Last year, many employees received short-time allowance due to the Corona pandemic. Receiving short-time allowance may lead to the obligation to file an income tax return.
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    Warning against fraudulent calls!

    Citizens are currently reporting calls in which the caller pretends to be from the tax office and is asked to pay alleged tax arrears.
    • Press release Oberfinazdirektion Karlsruhe

    Administrative implementation of the law on the reduction of the solidarity surcharge

    From the beginning of 2021, the solidarity surcharge will no longer apply to most income taxpayers. It will only be levied if the income tax to be assessed as the basis of assessment for the solidarity surcharge exceeds the amount of €16,956 for single assessment or €33,912 for joint assessment. Above these limits, there is a "mitigation zone" in which the solidarity surcharge is gradually brought up to the full rate of 5.5%. The mitigation zone prevents persons whose income tax liability exceeds the exemption limit by only a few euros, for example, from being subject to the full solidarity surcharge rate immediately.
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    Incorrect ELStAM reports by the tax authorities in the case of lump sums for people with disabilities

    The lump sums for people with disabilities have been doubled as of 01 January 2021. For employees for whom a lump sum has already been taken into account in the wage tax deduction, this doubling should be stored in the database of electronic wage tax deduction characteristics (ELStAM), which is maintained by the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt). As a result, the increase in the lump sum should be automatically taken into account in the monthly salary payment from 01 January 2021 by deducting less wage tax
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    Milestone reached for the use of land valuation data for property tax law

    For agricultural holdings, the new state land tax law links the amount of land tax to the natural fertility of the soil. The data required for this purpose have already been collected for many decades by land valuation committees, which are made up of equal numbers of experts from the tax authorities and practising farmers.

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