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    • Press Release Oberfinanzdirektion Karlsruhe

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

    As of today, the Corona alert level is in effect in Baden-Württemberg. In order to enable citizens to continue visiting the tax offices in Baden-Württemberg despite the dramatically worsening pandemic situation, the access regulations for the service centres of the tax offices have been adjusted. Therefore, from now on, the so-called 2G-regulation applies. This means that, as of today, visitors must present proof of vaccination or convalescence before entering the service centre.
    • 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 without the intention of making a profit.
    • Information Oberfinanzdirektion Karlsruhe

    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

    Introduction of the 3G proof in the service centres of the tax offices in Baden-Württemberg

    The tax administration of Baden-Württemberg has decided to introduce the 3G proof also at the personal visit in the service centres of the tax offices.
    • 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.
    • Information Oberfinanzdirektion Karlsruhe

    Service centres of the tax offices open again

    From 2 August 2021, the tax offices in Baden-Württemberg will be open to the public again. However, due to the still ongoing pandemic, it is necessary to book an appointment online first. This avoids waiting times for citizens and helps to better comply with the clearance rules
    • Information Oberfinanzdirektion Karlsruhe

    The federal and state governments have agreed that income from the operation of small photovoltaic (PV) systems with up to 10 kilowatts peak (kWp) will no longer be subject to income tax in future.

    The simplification rule applies to installations set up after 31 December 2003. Income from such installations no longer has to be declared in income tax returns.
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    Bank details Sparkasse Hochrhein omitted without replacement

    The bank account at the Sparkasse Hochrhein will be discontinued with immediate effect without replacement.
    • Information Oberfinanzdirektion Karlsruhe

    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.
    • Information Oberfinanzdirektion Karlsruhe

    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

    Starting signal for the 2020 income tax returns

    The employees of the tax offices in Baden-Württemberg are starting to process the income tax returns for 2020 these days.
    • 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.
    • Information Oberfinanzdirektion Karlsruhe

    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
    • Press Release Oberfinanzdirektion

    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.
    • Press Release Oberfinanzdirektion Karlsruhe

    BMF letter on tax incentives for energy efficiency measures in buildings used for own residential purposes published

    The Federal Ministry of Finance has published a BMF letter on the tax incentives for energy efficiency measures in buildings used for own residential purposes. The BMF letter explains individual issues relating to the application of the tax reduction regulation pursuant to Section 35c of the German Income Tax Act (EStG) and the regulation on the determination of minimum requirements for energy efficiency measures in buildings used for own residential purposes.
 

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