ARCHIV - 16.04.2009, Straubing: Ein Kugelschreiber liegt auf einer Einkommensteuererklärung. Im hessischen Kassel steht ein Mitarbeiter des Finanzamtes wegen Steuerhinterziehung und Bestechlichkeit vor dem Landgericht. Der 50-Jährige soll absichtlich falsche Angaben gemacht haben, damit 29 Steuerpflichtige weniger Abgaben zahlen müssen. (zu dpa «Finanzamts-Mitarbeiter steht wegen Steuerhinterziehung vor Gericht» vom 11.03.2019) Foto: Armin Weigel/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

According to a report, most tax offices processed tax returns last year faster than the year before, despite the corona pandemic. The Berlin authorities were particularly quick, reports the portal, citing a current study by the Taxpayers’ Association (BdSt).

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On average, 33 days passed from the submission of the tax return to the notification in the capital – four days less than in 2020. In Brandenburg, on the other hand, the processing time has increased by six days and the tax notification came after an average of 48 days. This puts Brandenburg in last place in a nationwide comparison.

According to the report, Hamburg (35 days) took second place in the ranking, followed by Saarland (38) and Rhineland-Palatinate (39). The taxpayers’ association is critical of the large differences in processing times. “It must not depend on where you live when citizens and companies receive their tax assessment and possibly even get their money back,” quoted the head of the BdSt’s tax department, Daniela Karbe-Gessler.