German property owners must submit their property tax returns by January 31st. There are severe penalties for delays. Now it comes out: The union itself will break the deadline. And very clearly.

The federal government does not meet its self-imposed deadline for filing property tax returns. While all property owners in the state must have submitted their declaration by January 31 under threat of high late payment penalties, the federal government says it will need until the end of September. This is reported by the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” (FAZ).

According to a response from the Federal Ministry of Finance to a request from the CDU, most properties are exempt from property tax. A statement must still be made, it is said. There are a total of 26,000 property tax returns that the federal government has to submit. That would be “extraordinarily complex”, according to the Parliamentary Secretary of State for Finance Florian Toncar (FDP).

In mid-2022, they started tackling the taxable properties. The statements are expected to be completed by the end of March. All declarations should be ready by the end of September 2023. Eight months after the official deadline for all property owners.

The CDU MP Christoph Ploß speaks in connection with the delayed delivery of a “cheek” towards homeowners. “Millions of homeowners and tax consultants are forced to complete their property tax returns by the end of the month under high pressure and legal uncertainties. The responsible Ministry of Finance has not yet submitted a single tax return for its real estate.”

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.