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Paying vehicle tax

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)

Service Description

As soon as your vehicle has been registered, you generally have to pay vehicle tax. The amount you have to pay depends on the technical assessment basis of your vehicle.

If a motor vehicle has been registered for you as a private individual or for a company, you generally have to pay motor vehicle tax for this vehicle from the day of registration.

The following vehicles are subject to motor vehicle tax:

  • Passenger cars,
  • motorcycles (motorcycles),
  • motorhomes,
  • motor vehicle trailers,
  • commercial vehicles, for example
    • trucks,
    • tractors,
    • buses;
  • Light vehicles (3-wheeled and light 4-wheeled motorcycles), for example
    • quads,
    • buggies,
    • trikes.

The amount of tax you have to pay depends on various criteria, including

  • the type of vehicle,
  • the date of first registration
  • the type of drive, i.e. the engine of your vehicle,
  • cubic capacity in cm³, i.e. the displacement of the engine,
  • carbon dioxide test value, i.e. the CO2 test value in g/km,
  • whether the vehicle has a seasonal license plate,
  • for commercial vehicles, motorhomes and trailers, the weight of the vehicle;

For classic car license plates and red license plates for recurring use, you pay a fixed flat-rate annual tax, which is lower for motorcycles (motorcycles) than for motor vehicles and trailers.

You can calculate the estimated amount of vehicle tax for your vehicle using the vehicle tax calculator from the Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF).

As the owner of the vehicle, you are the tax debtor and must pay the vehicle tax. If you do not pay the vehicle tax, for example due to insufficient funds in your account, the main customs office will take measures to collect the money from you. This also includes enforcement measures.

Under certain circumstances, you may have to pay less vehicle tax or none at all. This applies, for example, to

  • People with severe disabilities,
  • foreign vehicles,
  • purely electric vehicles and
  • cars that produce particularly low emissions.

You must notify the registration office directly of the following changes:

  • Changes to the vehicle owner's data
  • Technical changes to your vehicle

Process flow

When you register a vehicle with the registration authority, you must also submit the SEPA direct debit mandate form at the same time. Proceed as follows:

  • You can fill out the form ″SEPA direct debit mandate for the collection of motor vehicle tax″ online on the customs website at www.zoll.de and present it to the registration office already printed out and signed when you register your vehicle.
  • You can also obtain the form on site at the registration office, fill it out and sign it.
  • By doing so, you give your consent for the vehicle tax to be debited from your account.
  • Once your vehicle has been registered, your registration authority will send all the necessary data and the SEPA direct debit mandate to the responsible main customs office.
  • Your vehicle tax assessment will be issued on the basis of this data.
  • Your tax assessment will be sent to you by post.
  • If you have agreed to this, you can also call up the notice online in the customs portal.
  • You will find the amount of tax in your vehicle tax assessment notice under "Assessment".
  • The ″Request for payment″ section indicates this:
    • the amount,
    • the date on which the amount will be debited from your specified account.
  • This amount will be debited from the specified account on the same date in subsequent years.
  • As a rule, you will not receive another tax assessment notice or another payment request.
  • As a rule, you pay the vehicle tax in advance for the duration of a year.
  • If the annual tax is more than EUR 500.00, you can also pay the tax in shorter periods.
  • If you have any questions about your tax assessment notice, please contact the office specified in your tax assessment notice.

If you want to change the SEPA direct debit mandate for an already registered vehicle, you can also do this online in the customs portal:

  • Go to the website www.zoll-portal.de.
  • You must register before using the customs portal for the first time.
    • As a private individual, you create a citizen account with your ELSTER account, ID card or BundID.
    • As a company, you create a business account with your ELSTER account or add a user account to an existing business customer account in the customs portal.
  • You will need
    • Your vehicle tax assessment notice and
    • your owner data
  • If you have already created an account in the customs portal, log in with ELSTER or your ID card.
  • Select "Vehicle tax" under "Services".
  • You can now issue a new SEPA mandate, change the existing mandate or reactivate your SEPA mandate under the heading "Manage bank data".

If you wish to submit a change to the SEPA Direct Debit Mandate by post, fax or De-Mail:

  • Compose an informal letter with the following details:
    • License plate number of your vehicle,
    • Mandate reference number from your vehicle tax assessment,
    • IBAN of the person making the payment;
  • The letter must be signed by the account holder.
  • Send the letter to your main customs office.

If you wish to notify a new account holder by post, fax or De-Mail:

  • Download the form ″SEPA direct debit mandate for the collection of motor vehicle tax″ from the customs website and complete it.
  • Print out the form.
  • The account holder must sign the form.
  • Send the form to your responsible main customs office.
Requirements
  • Your vehicle, for which you have to pay vehicle tax, was registered in Germany.
  • You are not exempt from vehicle tax.
  • You are not in arrears with the payment of vehicle tax, including ancillary tax payments, for another vehicle.
Which documents are required?

Form for issuing a SEPA direct debit mandate (form 032021)

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
  • You must pay the vehicle tax by the due date specified in your vehicle tax assessment notice at the latest.
  • You must pay vehicle tax for as long as your vehicle is registered in Germany, but for at least one month.
  • As soon as you deregister or reregister the vehicle with the registration authority, you no longer have to pay vehicle tax.
Processing duration

You will usually receive your tax assessment notice within 2 weeks of registering your vehicle.

Legal basis
Appeal
  • Objection: You will find detailed information on how to lodge an objection in your tax assessment notice.
  • You can also lodge an objection online in the ZollPortal.
  • Legal action before the tax court, usually after the objection procedure.
What else should I know?

There are no indications or special features.

Author

Directorate General of Customs (GZD

)
Forwarding service: Deep link to the source portal

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF)

Professionally released on

22.04.2024

Teaser

As soon as your vehicle has been registered, you generally have to pay vehicle tax. The amount you have to pay depends on the technical assessment basis of your vehicle.

Process flow

When you register a vehicle with the registration authority, you must also submit the SEPA direct debit mandate form at the same time. Proceed as follows:

  • You can fill out the form ″SEPA direct debit mandate for the collection of motor vehicle tax″ online on the customs website at www.zoll.de and present it to the registration office already printed out and signed when you register your vehicle.
  • You can also obtain the form on site at the registration office, fill it out and sign it.
  • By doing so, you give your consent for the vehicle tax to be debited from your account.
  • Once your vehicle has been registered, your registration authority will send all the necessary data and the SEPA direct debit mandate to the responsible main customs office.
  • Your vehicle tax assessment will be issued on the basis of this data.
  • Your tax assessment will be sent to you by post.
  • If you have agreed to this, you can also call up the notice online in the customs portal.
  • You will find the amount of tax in your vehicle tax assessment notice under "Assessment".
  • The ″Request for payment″ section indicates this:
    • the amount,
    • the date on which the amount will be debited from your specified account.
  • This amount will be debited from the specified account on the same date in subsequent years.
  • As a rule, you will not receive another tax assessment notice or another payment request.
  • As a rule, you pay the vehicle tax in advance for the duration of a year.
  • If the annual tax is more than EUR 500.00, you can also pay the tax in shorter periods.
  • If you have any questions about your tax assessment notice, please contact the office specified in your tax assessment notice.

If you want to change the SEPA direct debit mandate for an already registered vehicle, you can also do this online in the customs portal:

  • Go to the website www.zoll-portal.de.
  • You must register before using the customs portal for the first time.
    • As a private individual, you create a citizen account with your ELSTER account, ID card or BundID.
    • As a company, you create a business account with your ELSTER account or add a user account to an existing business customer account in the customs portal.
  • You will need
    • Your vehicle tax assessment notice and
    • your owner data
  • If you have already created an account in the customs portal, log in with ELSTER or your ID card.
  • Select "Vehicle tax" under "Services".
  • You can now issue a new SEPA mandate, change the existing mandate or reactivate your SEPA mandate under the heading "Manage bank data".

If you wish to submit a change to the SEPA Direct Debit Mandate by post, fax or De-Mail:

  • Compose an informal letter with the following details:
    • License plate number of your vehicle,
    • Mandate reference number from your vehicle tax assessment,
    • IBAN of the person making the payment;
  • The letter must be signed by the account holder.
  • Send the letter to your main customs office.

If you wish to notify a new account holder by post, fax or De-Mail:

  • Download the form ″SEPA direct debit mandate for the collection of motor vehicle tax″ from the customs website and complete it.
  • Print out the form.
  • The account holder must sign the form.
  • Send the form to your responsible main customs office.

Requirements

  • Your vehicle, for which you have to pay vehicle tax, was registered in Germany.
  • You are not exempt from vehicle tax.
  • You are not in arrears with the payment of vehicle tax, including ancillary tax payments, for another vehicle.

Which documents are required?

Form for issuing a SEPA direct debit mandate (form 032021)

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

  • You must pay the vehicle tax by the due date specified in your vehicle tax assessment notice at the latest.
  • You must pay vehicle tax for as long as your vehicle is registered in Germany, but for at least one month.
  • As soon as you deregister or reregister the vehicle with the registration authority, you no longer have to pay vehicle tax.

Processing duration

You will usually receive your tax assessment notice within 2 weeks of registering your vehicle.

Legal basis

Appeal

  • Objection: You will find detailed information on how to lodge an objection in your tax assessment notice.
  • You can also lodge an objection online in the ZollPortal.
  • Legal action before the tax court, usually after the objection procedure.

What else should I know?

There are no indications or special features.

Author

Directorate General of Customs (GZD

)
Forwarding service: Deep link to the source portal

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF)

Professionally released on

22.04.2024

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