Calculate car tax
Depending on the year of manufacture, the vehicle tax is calculated on the basis of the engine capacity and the euro standard or the CO2 emissions. >> more about the guide
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The vehicle tax is levied on every registered car in Germany and since 2009 has been based on engine capacity and CO2 emissions. How to calculate your car tax with the help of the federal tax office’s calculator!
When you register your own car with the relevant registration authority, you automatically become liable for vehicle tax. It also applies to foreign cars that have a regular location in germany, as well as classic cars with red license plates. Until 2014, the federal ministry of finance was responsible for collecting vehicle tax. Since then, the federal tax administration (customs) has been responsible. For drivers, the changeover will not make any significant difference, as the vehicle tax is usually debited from the account annually by means of a sepa direct debit mandate. This means that, after registering the car and agreeing to the direct debit procedure, motorists usually do not incur any further expense. More on the topic: vehicle tax for hybrid vehicles
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This is how the vehicle tax is calculated (until 2009)
But how is the vehicle tax actually calculated?? Various factors are used for this, which are determined first and foremost by the date of initial registration: For cars registered before 30. If the car was newly registered on June 1, 2009, the type of drive, cubic centimeter (cc) displacement and emission class (euro standard) are the decisive factors. Thus, drivers:inside of gasoline engines with euro 3 standard and better pay 6.75 euro per 100 cubic centimeters of displacement or part thereof. cars with euro 2 will be charged 7.36 euros per 100 cubic centimeters of displacement, euro standard 1 will be charged 15.13 euros. Euro 0 (formerly without ozone driving ban) costs 21.07 euros and 25 respectively.36 euro. For compression-ignition vehicles, it is staggered as follows: 37.58 and 33.29 euros respectively are charged for euro 0 (the latter: formerly without an ozone ban), cars with euro 1 standard cost 27.35 euros per 100 cubic centimeters of displacement, 16.05 euros for euro 2 and 15.44 euros for euro 3 and better. An exception to the displacement-based vehicle tax is made for Wankel or rotary piston engines: their high power output with low displacement would result in a tax advantage over classic internal combustion engines. For this reason, the vehicle tax is calculated per 200 kilograms or part thereof of total weight, staggered at 11.25 euros up to two tons, 12.02 euros from two to three tons and 12.78 euros from three to 3.5 tons. More on this topic on the customs website: assigning key numbers to the euro standard
car tax with first registration from 30. June 2009
For cars with first registration after 30. June 2009 the calculation of vehicle tax is different: in addition to the type of drive and engine displacement in cubic centimeters (cc), CO2 emissions are also taken into account in the tax. The vehicle tax for otto and wankel engines two euros per 100 cubic centimeters or part thereof of engine capacity and another two euros per gram of CO2 per kilometer. For every 100 cubic centimeters of engine capacity, the following costs apply diesel engines 9.50 euros plus two euros per gram of CO2 emitted per kilometer. For cars with a date of first registration between 5. November 2008 and the 30. Since June 2009, a so-called favorability test has been carried out, in which the more favorable tax rate of both types of calculation is applied. Read more about this topic on the customs website: car tax for light vehicles, motor homes, commercial vehicles and trailers
ÄChanges due to WLTP conversion in 2018
With the introduction of the more realistic WLTP (worldwide harmonized light-duty vehicles test provenure) fuel consumption measurement in September 2018, the vehicle tax increased in many cases, even though technically absolutely identical models were simply re-measured. This is due to the fact that more realistic test conditions lead to more practical and thus usually higher fuel consumption. Higher fuel consumption means higher emissions and CO2 values, the latter being a factor in calculating vehicle tax since 2009 (see paragraph: vehicle tax with first registration from 30. June 2019). This resulted in an implicit tax increase for a large proportion of registered vehicles. More on the topic on the customs website: customs explains WLTP background in traffic law
Possible car tax concessions
The law for the car tax provides various concessions or tax exemptions for example for severely handicapped people, for foreign vehicles or for electric cars.
People with a severely handicapped pass and the sign H (helplessness in the activities of daily living), bl (blindness or high degree of visual impairment) or ag (extraordinary walking disability) can apply for a complete exemption from vehicle tax. For severely disabled persons with the signs G (walking disability) and gl (deafness), the motor vehicle tax law provides for a tax reduction of 50%.
foreign vehicles, vehicles that are used for a maximum of one year and are not used for the transport of persons and goods in germany are exempt from vehicle tax. The exemption does not apply if the car has been in germany for more than a year or is registered there, for example, with a change of residence.
Also exempt from vehicle tax are electric cars – depending on the first registration, limited to five years (EZ up to 2011) or ten years (EZ from 2011). Afterwards, e-car drivers have to pay a 50 percent reduction in vehicle tax. More about this topic on the website of the customs: car tax reduction or exemption
Here to the car tax calculator of the federal ministry of finance
You can find out how the car tax is calculated in detail using the car tax calculator track on the site of the federal ministry of finance. click here for the car tax calculator of the federal ministry of finance