According to a survey by the Taxpayers' Association, the tax offices in Berlin and Hamburg process citizens' tax returns fastest - in other federal states it takes considerably longer in some cases.
"It must not depend on the place of residence when citizens and businesses receive their tax assessment and possibly even get their money back," criticised the President of the Taxpayers' Association, Reiner Holznagel, in the "Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung" (11 April 2020).
Berlin: 40 days until the tax assessment
According to the study, it takes an average of 40 days from the submission of the tax return to the tax assessment for the front-runners Berlin and Hamburg. In Thuringia and Schleswig-Holstein, on the other hand, which are in last place, it takes a good 58 days. The comparison refers to the 2018 assessment year, i.e. to the tax returns that were processed by the tax offices by the end of 2019.
North Rhine-Westphalia did not participate in the survey
According to the Taxpayers' Association, these are based on average values from all tax returns processed by the tax authorities of the individual federal states. Only North Rhine-Westphalia did not report any concrete figures. If only the employees are considered, i.e. without freelancers, self-employed persons and companies, the processing times range between 38 days (Berlin) and 60 days (Bremen). If taxpayers submit a declaration, they will receive an average of a good 1000 euros back, according to the Taxpayers' Association.
Last edited: Saturday, 11. April 2020 20:42 Uhr