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Apply for a change in tax class when entering into a marriage

Don't want to keep the IV/IV tax class combination that is automatically granted upon marriage? Then you and your wife or husband can submit an application for a tax class change to the tax office responsible for your place of residence.

Important notes

Prerequisites

You and your spouse are

  • unlimited income tax liability, which means that your domicile or habitual abode is in Germany.
  • Not permanently separated.
  • The transmission of the marriage from the registry office via the registration authority to the Federal Central Tax Office is usually automatic. The tax classes are set to IV/IV.

Documents required

"Application for a change of tax class for spouses" form with tax identification number and signature of both spouses (see links).

If the marriage is concluded in Germany, there is no need to submit any further documents.

The properly issued foreign marriage certificate serves as proof of a marriage concluded abroad. You can apply to the registry office at your place of residence for the marriage to be subsequently recorded in the German marriage register (see link).
There is no obligation for subsequent certification. However, entry in the German marriage register can be an advantage because the local registry office can issue a marriage certificate. The registry office checks the effectiveness of the marriage according to German and the respective foreign laws. It will also be checked whether the name declarations in the marriage certificate are effective, if necessary, name declarations will be included.

Please note

  • For ELStAM matters, you can contact any regional tax office in Hamburg.
  • The registration offices are responsible for changing the civil status data in the registration register (e.g. marriage, establishing a civil partnership, birth).

Deadlines

The automatic change to tax class IV for both spouses takes effect from the day of the marriage. This does not apply if the marriage was concluded abroad.


Any application for a change in tax classes or the application of the factor method for tax class IV must be submitted by November 1st at the latest for consideration in the current calendar year. of the current year.

Procedure & Fees

Procedure

If you do not want to keep tax class IV, which is automatically assigned upon marriage, you and your spouse can apply to your responsible tax office to change the tax class. You can use the ELSTER platform for this.

Processing time

The automatic change to tax class IV for both spouses takes effect from the day of marriage.


However, this does not apply if the marriage took place abroad.

Fees

No

Legal notes

Legal remedies

objection

Legal basis

Section 39e (3) of the Income Tax Act (EStG)

Service description

Don't want to keep the IV/IV tax class combination that is automatically granted upon marriage? Then you and your wife or husband can submit an application for a tax class change to the tax office responsible for your place of residence.

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