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Register independently calculated insurance tax

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)

Service Description

If you receive insurance premiums, you must calculate the insurance tax yourself and register it with the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt).

Insurance tax relates to premium or contribution payments from insurance contracts. The tax debtor for insurance tax is the policyholder. However, as an insurer, you must generally pay the insurance tax collected on behalf of the policyholder. The policyholder only has to declare and pay the insurance tax himself if neither the insurer nor the collection agent is domiciled in an EU or EEA member state.

As a tax debtor, you must calculate, declare and pay your tax yourself as part of the tax declaration for insurance policies.


Process flow

You must submit your insurance tax return electronically via the BZSt online portal (BOP).

  • Complete the appropriate insurance tax registration form in full via the BOP.
    • You can find the forms for insurance and fire protection tax in the BOP under:
      Forms and Services/All Forms/Tax National/Insurance and Fire Tax Registration Form
  • Submit the registration form.
  • Transfer the self-calculated tax amount by the due date or it will be collected from your account if you have a SEPA mandate.

Please note:

  • You need a tax number for the tax return.
  • You must register for the BOP in order to file your tax return electronically. To do this, fill out the form "Application for (new) authorization/registration for electronic transmission of insurance tax and/or fire protection tax registration" and complete the registration.
  • As an alternative to registering in the BOP, you can use an existing Elster certificate.
  • Upon request, the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt) can waive electronic transmission to avoid undue hardship. If the BZSt agrees to such an application, you can declare the tax using an officially prescribed form. You can find the form on the BZSt website in the "Insurance tax and fire protection tax" section.
Requirements

You are:

  • the insurer
  • the authorized representative or
  • the policyholder

Which documents are required?

online form suitable for your case:

  • Insurance tax declaration
  • Insurance tax declaration for EU / EEA insurers without management or registered office in the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Insurance tax declaration for authorized representatives
  • Insurance tax declaration for policyholders
What are the fees?

There are no costs.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

for insurers and authorized representatives:

  • Filing the tax return and paying the tax: 15 days after the end of each filing period
    • The filing period is usually one calendar month
  • for less than or equal to EUR 1,000 tax in the previous year: 15 days after the end of a calendar year
  • for more than EUR 1,000 and less than or equal to EUR 6,000 tax in the previous year: 15 days after the end of a calendar quarter

for policyholders:

  • Submission of the tax return and payment of the tax: 15 days after the end of the month in which the insurance premium was paid

Notes:

If the tax return is not received by the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt) on time, you may have to pay a late payment surcharge.
If you do not meet the 15-day deadline, the Federal Central Tax Office will decide on the amount of tax as part of an estimate of the basis of taxation.

Processing duration

Your tax return is deemed to be a tax assessment upon receipt by the BZSt and is subject to review. If the tax return leads to a reduction in the tax payable to date or to a tax refund, this is only deemed to be a tax assessment if the BZSt agrees. The approval does not require any form.

Legal basis
Appeal
  • Objection
  • Fiscal court action
Applications / forms

Forms available: Yes

Written form required: Yes

Informal application possible: No

Personal appearance necessary: No

Online services available: Yes

What else should I know?

As an insurer, you are obliged to keep records to determine the tax and the basis of your calculation.

Author
Forwarding service: Deep link to the source portal

Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt)
- Division St II 1 -

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF)

Professionally released on

01.02.2023

Teaser

If you receive insurance premiums, you must calculate the insurance tax yourself and register it with the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt).

Process flow

You must submit your insurance tax return electronically via the BZSt online portal (BOP).

  • Complete the appropriate insurance tax registration form in full via the BOP.
    • You can find the forms for insurance and fire protection tax in the BOP under:
      Forms and Services/All Forms/Tax National/Insurance and Fire Tax Registration Form
  • Submit the registration form.
  • Transfer the self-calculated tax amount by the due date or it will be collected from your account if you have a SEPA mandate.

Please note:

  • You need a tax number for the tax return.
  • You must register for the BOP in order to file your tax return electronically. To do this, fill out the form "Application for (new) authorization/registration for electronic transmission of insurance tax and/or fire protection tax registration" and complete the registration.
  • As an alternative to registering in the BOP, you can use an existing Elster certificate.
  • Upon request, the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt) can waive electronic transmission to avoid undue hardship. If the BZSt agrees to such an application, you can declare the tax using an officially prescribed form. You can find the form on the BZSt website in the "Insurance tax and fire protection tax" section.

Requirements

You are:

  • the insurer
  • the authorized representative or
  • the policyholder

Which documents are required?

online form suitable for your case:

  • Insurance tax declaration
  • Insurance tax declaration for EU / EEA insurers without management or registered office in the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Insurance tax declaration for authorized representatives
  • Insurance tax declaration for policyholders

What are the fees?

There are no costs.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

for insurers and authorized representatives:

  • Filing the tax return and paying the tax: 15 days after the end of each filing period
    • The filing period is usually one calendar month
  • for less than or equal to EUR 1,000 tax in the previous year: 15 days after the end of a calendar year
  • for more than EUR 1,000 and less than or equal to EUR 6,000 tax in the previous year: 15 days after the end of a calendar quarter

for policyholders:

  • Submission of the tax return and payment of the tax: 15 days after the end of the month in which the insurance premium was paid

Notes:

If the tax return is not received by the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt) on time, you may have to pay a late payment surcharge.
If you do not meet the 15-day deadline, the Federal Central Tax Office will decide on the amount of tax as part of an estimate of the basis of taxation.

Processing duration

Your tax return is deemed to be a tax assessment upon receipt by the BZSt and is subject to review. If the tax return leads to a reduction in the tax payable to date or to a tax refund, this is only deemed to be a tax assessment if the BZSt agrees. The approval does not require any form.

Legal basis

Appeal

  • Objection
  • Fiscal court action

Applications / forms

Forms available: Yes

Written form required: Yes

Informal application possible: No

Personal appearance necessary: No

Online services available: Yes

What else should I know?

As an insurer, you are obliged to keep records to determine the tax and the basis of your calculation.

Author

Forwarding service: Deep link to the source portal

Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt)
- Division St II 1 -

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF)

Professionally released on

01.02.2023

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