If you register a car, you have to pay vehicle tax. The amount of motor vehicle tax is calculated from various factors such as cubic capacity and CO2 emissions. Customs is responsible.

Since July 1, 2014, the customs administration has been responsible for motor vehicle tax. This means that the main customs offices take care of the assessment, inheritance and collection of the tax. The tax usually has to be paid for one year in advance. There are exceptions if the tax is over 500 euros. The granting of a direct debit mandate is required by law.

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Various factors play a role in the calculation of vehicle tax. These include displacement and CO2 emissions. New regulations were passed in June: CO2 emissions should have a significantly greater influence on the amount to be paid in future calculations. Different approaches apply to older and newer cars:

What is it about exactly? Until now, the amount of motor vehicle tax was determined based on the registration date, the type of engine, displacement and consumption or CO2 emissions. In the draft law for the new motor vehicle tax, which is to come into force next year, consumption is to be weighted more heavily – according to the motto: owners of gas drinkers pay more. Much more.

Cars with first registration up to June 30, 2009

The following parameters are crucial for calculating vehicle tax for older cars:

Passenger cars registered after July 1, 2009

For more recent passenger cars, the CO2 impact plays a greater role in determining vehicle tax. Owners of a car with lower CO2 emissions benefit from this. You have to pay less tax compared to a car with high CO2 emissions. The CO2 value is in field V.7 of Part I of the registration certificate. In addition to the CO2 emissions, the cubic capacity and drive type also affect the amount of the tax.

Here you can calculate the amount of your vehicle tax

Electric cars do not have to pay vehicle tax for the first few years after registration. You are exempt for

After the exemption has expired, the weight forms the basis for calculating vehicle tax. Every 200 kilograms increases the amount of the tax.

There are three different rates for electric cars:

The calculated sums are always rounded up. We explain what that means with an example.

Your electric car weighs 2,500 kg. They fall under category two, i.e. 6.01 euros per 200 kg:

But beware! These tax rates only apply to electric cars, but not to hybrid vehicles.

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Compared to passenger cars, the calculation of road tax for motorcycles is relatively simple. The basis is the cubic capacity. Basically, motorcycles can be divided into two categories: light motorcycles and motorcycles. The tax on motorcycles increases for every 25 cubic centimeters (ccm) started. For every 25 ccm cubic capacity or part thereof, you have to pay an annual vehicle tax of 1.84 euros.

Motorcycle tax formula:

This formula will help you calculate the exact motorcycle tax for your two-wheeler.

Displacement in ccm / 25 annual tax = result x 1.84

Taxes are also often incurred for registrations with seasonal license plates. You can calculate this special motorcycle tax using the following formula:

Annual tax rate / 12 prorated tax = earnings x number of months allowed.

Not all two-wheelers have to be taxed: This is the case for a motorcycle with 125 ccm or less displacement. so-called light motorcycles, no taxes. Mopeds – i.e. motorcycles with a design-related top speed of 45 km/h are also tax-free.

When the vehicle is deregistered from the registration authority, the obligation to pay vehicle tax also ends. The so-called final decision is usually sent two weeks after deregistration.

Since the motor vehicle tax must always be paid in advance (usually for one year), a credit is created when the car is deregistered. Such credits are usually paid out within three weeks.

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