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Several criteria are decisive for the taxation of passenger cars, depending on the date of first registration: Type of drive such as petrol, diesel, Wankel engine Engine capacity (cm³) Emission key or emission class (Euro standard) Carbon dioxide emissions of your vehicle (CO2 value). Commercial vehicles and motor homes are primarily subject to weight-based taxation. Motor vehicle trailers are also taxed according to weight. For motorcycles, the tax is calculated according to the engine capacity. You can calculate the expected amount of motor vehicle tax for your vehicle using the motor vehicle tax calculator of the Federal Ministry of Finance. If you do not pay the motor vehicle tax, for example, due to a lack of sufficient funds in your account, the main customs office is obliged to initiate enforcement measures against you. Change notifications You must notify the registration authority of any changes to the vehicle owner's details and any technical modifications made to your vehicle. If the taxpayer's name, address or bank details have changed, you must notify your competent main customs office. The notification can be made informally in text form, for example by post, fax or De-Mail, and must be signed by the current account holder, It must contain details of the vehicle registration number, the mandate reference number and the IBAN of the payer. You can also change bank details online. To do this, you must register in the Citizens' and Business Customers' Portal of the Customs Administration. If the payer of the motor vehicle tax has changed, you must always issue a new SEPA direct debit mandate to your competent main customs office (form 032021 Motor vehicle tax: SEPA direct debit mandate for SEPA core direct debit). An informal notification of change is not sufficient in this case. If you have any questions about your tax assessment, please contact the office specified in your tax assessment.

You do not need to submit any additional documentation.

Forms: yes Online procedure possible: partially (change of bank details) Written form required: partly (change of bank details possible via citizen and business customer portal) Personal appearance required: no

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In the case of vehicles that are registered for use in Germany, the tax liability begins with the registration with the registration authority. In these cases, you as the owner of the vehicle become liable for the tax and must pay the vehicle tax. A vehicle is defined as Passenger car, motor home, commercial vehicle, e.g. lorry, tractor, bus, light vehicle, e.g. quad, buggy or trike motorcycle (motorbike) or motor vehicle trailer.

The Citizen and Business Customer Portal offers you the opportunity to use customs services online. The services offered there for the area of motor vehicle tax are constantly being expanded. Register at:
To pay your vehicle tax, you must always participate in the SEPA direct debit scheme. This means that you can no longer fail to make the payment on time. When you register a vehicle with the registration authority, you must also submit the SEPA direct debit mandate form at the same time. Once your vehicle has been registered, your registration authority will send all the data required to determine the vehicle tax to the customs administration. Your tax assessment notice will be issued on the basis of this data. You can also download the SEPA direct debit mandate form from the Customs Administration website: Use form 032021 "Motor vehicle tax: SEPA direct debit mandate for SEPA core direct debit". To re-issue a SEPA direct debit mandate for a vehicle that is already registered, send your completed and signed form 032021 by post to your relevant main customs office. Payment of tax: You will be notified of the due date on which the motor vehicle tax will be collected in the motor vehicle tax notice. The Motor Vehicle Tax Notice also states the amount you must pay, which will be debited from the designated account on the due date. This amount will be debited from your account on the same date in subsequent years. You will not usually receive another tax notice or payment notice. As a rule, you pay the motor vehicle tax in advance for the duration of one year. If the annual tax exceeds EUR 500.00, shorter periods may be granted for payment of the vehicle tax. The Citizen and Business Customer Portal of the Customs offers you the possibility of changing bank details online. Your one-time registration at is required to use it.

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