Tax return 2021: Deadlines are set

Tax return 2021: Deadlines are set

Since February 2022, the Federal Government (Bundesregierung) and the Federal Council (Bundesrat) have been debating the draft law for the Fourth Corona Tax Relief Act. On May 19, 2022, the Fourth Corona Tax Relief Act was now passed in the Federal Parliament (Bundestag) by the coalition and with the consent of the CDU. In addition to further support measures to cope with Corona, the law also included new deadlines for the submission of current and future tax returns.

Deadline: October 31, 2022

If you have to file a tax return, this year you should note October 31, 2022, instead of July 31, 2022, for the submission. Until then, you have time to submit your documents for the tax return 2021 to your relevant tax office.

Taxpayers who use the services of a tax advisor will also be given more time. For them, the deadline for the tax year 2020 is extended again from May 31, 2022, to August 31, 2022. For the tax return 2021, the deadline has also already been set for August 31, 2023.

Those who file their tax returns voluntarily can, as before, take their time until December 31, 2025.

Deadlines for filing your tax returns have been changed due to Corona:

If you… … submit your tax
return voluntarily:
… must submit a tax return
(with a tax adviser)
For the tax year 2020 31.12.2024 31.10.2021
For the tax year 2021 31.12.2025 31.10.2022
For the tax year 2022 31.12.2026 30.09.2023
For the tax year 2023 31.12.2027 31.08.2024

In our blog you will find more information on the topic of tax returns:

  • Missed the deadline? This is how you can apply for a deadline extension!
  • Short-time allowance (Kurzarbeitergeld): Obligation to file a tax return
  • We help during the Corona crisis
  • Cheating while doing your German tax return
  • Why should I submit a tax return in Germany?
  • File an objection to the tax assessment notice (Steuerbescheid)


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