Bundeszentralamt für Steuern

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Bonn office

Processing time for tax refunds on German income

Unfortunately, it can currently take over 20 months to process applications for tax refunds on German income. The main reason for this is the significant and steady increase in the number of applications received in recent years. However, various organisational and IT measures have been and are being taken in the department to sustainably reduce processing times in the medium and long term and to reduce the current backlogs. Due to the correspondingly high workload, we would also ask you to refrain from making status enquiries if possible. We will contact you if further documents are required to review your application.