Electronic submission obligation, corporate tax returns

Since the assessment period 2011, companies and certain other groups of people have been obliged to submit their annual tax returns electronically to the tax office. This also applies to corporate tax returns.
The basis for this was created by the law to modernize and reduce bureaucracy in the tax procedure (Tax Bureaucratic Reduction Act) and the 2010 Annual Tax Act.
The balance sheet must be submitted electronically for fiscal years beginning after December 31, 2011.


The declaration can be sent via ELSTER or via other software products (see links). Only in exceptional cases to avoid undue hardship can the declaration be waived electronically. A written justification is required for this.

Related Links

  • ELSTER home page
  • List of software products that ELSTER supports
  • ELSTER - types of tax that can be transmitted electronically

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