Tax return; electronic transmission

Tax returns (e.g. income tax, sales tax and trade tax returns) can be submitted electronically to the tax administration.


For taxpayers, the electronic tax return offers many advantages. For entrepreneurs and employers, there is a legal obligation to submit certain tax returns (e.g. income tax returns, corporate tax returns, advance VAT returns, payroll tax returns) electronically. For entities paying out investment income, there is a legal obligation to transmit investment income tax returns electronically.

The ELSTER(ELelektronischeSTeuerERklärung) procedure enables the transmission of tax returns to the tax offices.

My ELSTER is the platform-independent service portal of the tax authorities, which enables the paperless submission of tax data via an interactive web application with maximum security, quickly and conveniently.

In addition, various commercial and free tax programs are available on the market.

The pre-filled tax return is a service offered by the tax authorities, with which interested citizens can electronically retrieve personal data stored by the tax authorities and include it in their income tax return. Third parties (e.g. spouses, tax consultants) can also be authorized to retrieve data.

There are clear advantages for users of ELSTER:

  • Transfer of data from the previous year
  • Tax calculation
  • Display of assessment data and comparison with the transmitted values
  • Pre-filled tax return (retrieval of certificates)
  • Plausibility check during preparation and transmission
  • Support for visually impaired users

To protect tax secrecy, tax data is transmitted to the tax administration in encrypted form. ELSTER services are provided in an in-house IT infrastructure certified in accordance with ISO 27001 based on the IT-Grundschutz catalogs of the BSI.

ELSTER offers authenticated transmission with the help of an electronic certificate. The certificate ensures unique identification. It can be applied for free of charge via ELSTER.


PC, tablet or smartphone with Internet access


The statutory deadlines for filing tax returns also apply when filing an electronic tax return

Online procedures

  • ELSTER - Ihr Online-Finanzamt

    ELSTER - Your Online Tax Office bundles the online services of the tax authorities. Here you can prepare and submit tax returns and tax registrations via the Internet.

Legal bases


Responsible for editing:Bayerisches Staatsministerium der Finanzen und für Heimat

Contains machine translated content. Show the original content

  • Online transactions, Bavaria-wide
  • Online transactions, locally limited
  • Form, Bavaria-wide
  • Form, locally limited
  • Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide
  • Legal bases, Bavaria-wide
  • Legal bases, locally limited
  • Fees, Bavaria-wide
  • Fees, locally limited
Bild zur Leistungsbeschreibung

Responsible for you

If you select a location under "Localization" the contact details of the responsible authority and, if applicable, locally valid information will be displayed.