Income tax return 2021, start processing returns
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Wenn Sie eine Einkommensteuererklärung für das vergangene Kalenderjahr abgeben können Ihnen die Finanzämter regelmäßig erst ab Mitte März des jeweiligen Folgejahres Steuerbescheide erteilen.
For income tax returns, the tax offices can usually only issue tax assessments from mid-March of the following year.

The reason for this is as follows:
Employers, insurance companies and other institutions have until the end of February to electronically transmit tax data such as wage tax certificates, pension notifications or contribution data for old-age provision (Riester/Rürup) and for health and long-term care insurance to the tax authorities. The centrally transmitted data must then be processed and made available to the tax authorities so that they can be taken into account when processing the tax return.
The electronic transmission of the data takes place on the basis of legal regulations.
The income tax return should be made using an electronic tax return (Mein ELSTER) or a paper form.

For income tax returns, we recommend the electronic tax return with receipt retrieval (pre-filled tax return), see links.


  • Filing an income tax return


In addition to the information and collection points of the responsible tax office, you can also go to the information and collection points of the other Hamburg tax offices.

The tax office, which is not regionally responsible, has no access to the procedure and therefore cannot answer any inquiries about specific tax cases.

Related Links

  • ELSTER home page
  • Tax office (my responsible)
  • Income tax return, submission deadline, deadline extension
After submitting your income tax return, the tax office will issue you with an income tax assessment. The processing time depends on the individual case and cannot be determined in general terms.

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