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Establishment - tax registration for companies, societies, associations, trade organisations, self-employment, as well as agricultural and forestry activities
You are obliged to report to the tax office, if you
- take up commercial activities, or
- take up self-employed activities, or
- perform a freelance profession, or
- take up activities in the fields of agriculture and forestry, or
- participate in a private company, or
- establish a private company, or
- establish a capital company (including under foreign law), or
- establish an association.
- taking up activities as an individual entrepreneur, or when participating in a private company
- establishing a capital company or a cooperative,
the required registration may be submitted online via Mein-ELSTER. An official questionnaire may be filled in as an alternative.
The required templates are available from the competent tax office or online (see “Forms” section). The type of questionnaire required depends on the legal form of the organisation.
Tax registration for private companies and associations is not available in electronic form at this point.
To access the questionnaire under “Mein ELSTER”, you need to register / to have a user account for “Mein ELSTER”. This access is also required later on to fulfil further tax-related duties (e. g. to submit tax declarations or tax returns), unless you instruct a third party to take care of these activities. Information about registration is available on the ELSTER website.
See “Forms” section.
Guidelines with explanations are available for filling in the individual questionnaires.
If applicable: Contracts, certificates or similar
Information about further required documents that need to be submitted is provided on the questionnaires.
Please note that the official language for all proceedings is German. We therefore ask you to submit any entries, notifications or applications in German only, to allow for them to be processed by the competent departments. These websites provided in English language are only intended for providing general information. They do not give rise to any legal right to handle processes in any other language.
Responsibility in Berlin is determined by regional aspects and by the legal status under which the commercial or self-employed activities are performed.
The Finanzamt für Körperschaften I (Tax Office for Corporations I) is responsible for associations.
The Tax Offices for Corporations I - IV (Finanzamt für Körperschaften I - IV) are responsible for all other capital companies and private companies in the form of a GmbH Co. KG. Further information about responsibilities is available here
Natural persons and private companies are administered by the 17 regional tax offices. Please use the links above to access further information.