How to get your German tax ID (Steuernummer or Steueridentifikationsnummer)

How to get your German tax ID (Steuernummer or Steueridentifikationsnummer)

A brief guide to obtaining or finding your tax identification number in Germany

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Your German tax ID will be given to you during your first visit to the Bürgeramt, after arriving in Germany, but before your first day of work. When you do your mandatory Anmeldung (registering your address in Germany), you will receive a tax number on a separate piece of paper.

Lost your Steuernummer?

If you lost your Steuernummer, you may request your tax ID to be sent to you again by filling this form. You should receive a letter with your tax ID a month later. You can also visit the nearest Finanzamt to get it on the same day1.

What does the Steuernummer look like?

Your tax number is an 11 digit number that looks like "12 345 678 901". You will find it in the top right corner of a document from the Bundeszentralamt für Steuern. This is what this document looks like:

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