Anyone who has submitted their property tax return on time will soon receive a post. The tax office reports how the property was valued. If you find an error in the notification, you have to react quickly. Because the objection period is short.

Many property owners are eagerly awaiting mail from the tax office. It’s about evaluating the data you put in your property tax return.

Decisions from the tax authorities are sometimes incorrect. There can be many reasons for this, the main ones being:

If real estate owners have the impression that the property tax notice is incorrect, they must act immediately: there is only one month to lodge an objection.

A brief look at the timing of the information from the authorities in terms of property tax returns.

After the declaration has been submitted, the relevant tax offices will process the documents. Then they send two notifications to each owner:

Both notices come in one envelope and are the basis for the future property tax assessment by the city or municipality. The municipalities will determine exactly how high the new property tax will be in 2024. The new amounts are then due from January 1, 2025. Until then, the current property tax will continue to apply. In plain language: Those affected will not receive the actual property tax assessment for the amount of future payments until 2024.

However, anyone who notices errors in the first two notices from the tax office should not wait until the final property tax notice. Because then nothing can be corrected. So: Submit an objection quickly against one of the two (basic) decisions!

The determination of the future property tax is complicated by the fact that the individual federal states determine the tax burden using different methods. Nine federal states use the so-called federal model: Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia.

The financial administration of North Rhine-Westphalia provides detailed information on how those affected can lodge a possible objection to the first two decisions in the federal model. Those affected must therefore react to the property tax assessment or the property tax assessment.

Important: As mentioned, the objection period is one month! The period begins on the day specified on the notification. For example, if a property tax assessment was issued on March 1st, 2023, the objection must be submitted to the tax office by April 1st. present.

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Victims can do this in several ways:

According to the tax authorities, in addition to Elster, any other tax software that offers the possibility of electronic objections is also suitable.

Citizens can also have their objection recorded in the tax office. Only phone calls are not accepted.

In all cases, you should state the reason for your objection. And make it clear against which decision your objection is directed. If necessary, additional documents must be attached.

A signature is not required for any variant.

Yes! An objection does not release you from the obligation to pay the assessed tax.

This obligation only lapses if a tax office grants a “suspension of execution”. However, taxpayers must apply for them separately.

Several variants are possible:

If no agreement can be reached, the case ends up before the appeals office.

If an agreement fails there, too, the tax office will make an objection decision. Taxpayers can take legal action against this.

The reform for the new property tax is complex – and this year it will require owners. You have to submit some data to the tax office. You have to be very precise and observe special deadlines. In our large guide you will find all the information you need to know in a compact form.