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If you are subject to limited tax liability, you can apply for an assessment for income tax or corporation tax under certain conditions.

The assessment is a formal procedure in which you submit your tax return(s) in particular and the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt) determines your income tax or corporation tax. The tax is determined in an assessment notice.

If you are subject to limited tax liability and earn income exclusively from

  • artistic
  • sports
  • artistic
  • entertainment or
  • similar performances or
  • from their exploitation and
  • from supervisory board activities,

you can apply to the BZSt for income tax or corporation tax on your income.

You are subject to limited tax liability if

  • you do not have a residence in Germany and
  • do not reside here for a longer period of time,
  • but you do earn income in Germany.

Legal entities are subject to limited tax liability if

  • they have their management and
  • do not have their registered office in Germany,
  • but earn income in Germany.

If you apply for assessment, the tax is calculated on the basis of all income.

The income is the amount that must be paid to you by the payer. If the payer has deducted the tax from this amount and paid you the remaining amount, the tax deduction amount and the associated solidarity surcharge can be credited against the assessed tax. As proof, you must attach the tax certificates issued by the payer to the tax return.

You make your application for assessment for income tax or corporation tax by submitting a tax return in writing by post to the BZSt.

Note
If you have other income in Germany, you must submit your tax return to the tax office in whose district your assets are located or in whose district you have predominantly carried on your business. You should also contact this tax office if you have any questions. Other income includes, for example, income from trade, self-employment, employment, renting and leasing.

When applying, you must submit:

  • Tax return
    • If you are an individual: Income tax return
    • If you are a legal entity: Corporate income tax return
  • Forms: yes
  • Online procedure possible: no
  • Written form necessary: yes
  • personal appearance: no

Related Links

  • Ausdruck oder Anforderung der Vordrucke der Formulare: Einkommensteuererklärung beziehungsweise Körperschaftsteuererklärung auf der Internetseite des Bundeszentralsamtes für Steuern
  • Weitere Auswahl von Vordrucken für das Veranlagungsverfahren auf dem Formularserver der Bundesfinanzverwaltung auf der Internetseite des Bundesministeriums der Finanzen
Bundeszentralamt für Steuern (BZSt)


Bundeszentralamt für Steuern (BZSt), Referat St II 9 / Abzugsteuern


Preconditions

The assessment for income tax can be applied for:

  • natural persons,
    • who live in the European Union (EU) or
    • the European Economic Area (EEA) or who reside here for a longer period of time,
    • are nationals of a state of the EU or the EEA and
    • are subject to limited tax liability in Germany.

The assessment for corporate income tax can be applied for:

  • legal persons,
    • who are resident in the European Union (EU) or
    • the European Economic Area (EEA) and are subject to limited tax liability in Germany.
    • have limited tax liability in Germany

Related Links

  • § 50 Absatz 2 Satz 2 Nummer 5 Einkommensteuergesetz (EStG)
  • § 50a Absatz 1 Nummer 1, 2 und 4 und Absatz 5 Satz 6 Einkommensteuergesetz (EStG)
  • § 54 Vertrag über die Arbeitsweise der Europäischen Union (Konsolidierte Fassung)
  • § 32 Absatz 2 Nummer 2 Körperschaftsteuergesetz (KStG)

Related Links

  • Veranlagungsverfahren für beschränkt Steuerpflichtige auf der Internetseite des Bundeszentralamts für Steuern

You must submit your tax return in writing to the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt).

  • Compile all the necessary documents.
  • Complete the tax return according to the respective calendar year.
  • Sign all the documents and send them by post to the BZSt.
  • The BZSt will send you your tax assessment after checking your documents.

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Last update or date of publication
20.11.2020