Tens of thousands of property owners in Thuringia have already received a property tax assessment. By the beginning of March, more than 400,000 cases had been finally processed, a spokesman for the Ministry of Finance in Erfurt said on request. However, there are also many objections to the decisions - so far more than 30,000. This means that around 7.5 percent of the notifications issued are currently not effective.
According to the ministry, a large number of declarations were received by the tax offices after the deadline for the property tax returns that property owners are obliged to submit. At the beginning of March it was just over a million and thus 85 percent of the expected 1.25 million property tax returns in the Free State. This means that around 200,000 declarations are still missing.
By the end of January, around 969,000 property tax returns had been received in Thuringia, mostly online. That was a share of 77.5 percent. The more explanations there are, the more realistically the municipalities can calculate their tax rates, the ministry said.
The tax offices send out what are known as property tax value notifications and property tax assessment amount notifications. According to the ministry, defaulting Thuringians receive reminders. If there is no response, the tax base is estimated.