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Frequently asked questions

You can find comprehensive information about this topic on (in German), which has all the necessary contact forms and hotline information.

The Federal Ministry of Finance is not permitted to provide legal information concerning individual cases, nor may it give legal or tax advice. Your tax office or the competent highest Land revenue authority is responsible for assessing individual tax cases and for answering questions relating to your personal tax situation. You can find the contact details of the Land finance ministries and tax offices here (in German).

You can find information and forms for the ELSTER tax portal here (in German).

If your question relates to the customs administration, please contact your local main customs office or the Central Customs Authority. You can find their contact details here.

You can find information about obtaining a tax identification number, including contact details, here.
Please apply to the tax office that is responsible for you if you require certification of registration as a taxpayer (business). For businesses whose domicile, registered office or place of management is located outside Germany, the VAT Competency Ordinance (Umsatzsteuerzuständigkeitsverordnung) states which tax office is responsible for them. You can find the contact details of the Land finance ministries and tax offices here (in German).
Germany has concluded bilateral double taxation agreements (DTAs) with over 90 countries. These were concluded to prevent employees (taxpayers) from being taxed twice, among other reasons. Employees that live in Germany but work in a country with which Germany has a DTA generally pay tax on their wages in the country where they work. The same applies to foreign nationals who work in Germany. You can find further information here (in German).
Across Germany, the main customs offices are responsible for assessing and collecting motor vehicle tax. You should contact them directly if you have questions about a specific tax situation. You can find contact details for questions relating to motor vehicle tax here (in German).

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions on various topics here.

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Current information

You may also find the following information useful:

  • You can find up-to-date information on the war in Ukraine here.
  • Police warning: Increasingly, there are reports of fraudsters trying to request fees in return for a fake service (for example, a supposed inheritance) using the name of the Federal Ministry of Finance. You can find further information online by searching for “advance-fee scam”. Please pay close attention to the following information if you appear to have received a communication from the Federal Ministry of Finance:
    • We will always address you directly by name.
    • Check the ministry address and logo.
    • If you are unsure, please contact us or your local police station.

  • You can find current warnings and news for consumers regarding banks, financial services providers and insurance companies on this webpage provided by the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin).
  • The Federal Ministry of Defence is responsible for issues relating to the German armed forces.
  • You can find up-to-date information about Covid-19, including guidance about vaccinations, quarantine rules and tests, on the Federal Ministry of Health website.
  • You can find information about relief to help private households cope with rising energy prices here (in German).

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Feel free to use our contact form to contact us directly. Like you, we appreciate communication that is friendly and respectful. We do not process enquiries that contain insults, vulgar words or expressions of hate.

Due to the high volume of communications we receive, it can take up to four weeks for us to process your enquiry.

You can access the contact form here.

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Federal Ministry of Finance
Wilhelmstrasse 97
10117 Berlin, Germany
Postal address:
11016 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)3018 / 682 – 0
Fax: +49 (0)3018 / 682 - 32 60
E-Mail: poststelle(at)
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Directions to the Berlin office of the Federal Ministry of Finance

Federal Ministry of Finance
Am Propsthof 78a
53121 Bonn, Germany
Postal address:
Postfach 1308
53003 Bonn, Germany
Tel.: 03018 / 682 - 0
Fax: 03018 / 682 - 44 20

Directions to the Bonn offices of the Federal Ministry of Finance