Steuer-ID (Steueridentifikationsnummer, ID-Nr.) is your Tax Identification Number. Don’t misunderstand it with the Tax Number
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Steuer-ID oher names: die steuerliche Identifikationsnummer, Steuer-IdNr., Steueridentifikationsnummer, Steuer-Identifikationsnummer, IdNr., ID-Nr – is a nationwide and permanent identification number of persons registered in Germany for tax purposes.
The Steuer-ID is also implemented in other European countries as TIN (Tax Identification Number).
Don’t misunderstand Steuer-ID (Tax Identification Number) with the Steuernummer (Tax Number)!
The Steuer-ID was introduced in Germany on 1 July 2007. Steuer-ID is never changed by marriage or relocation, it stays the same for life.
#1 Solution – the easiest way to find the Steuer-ID is to look into older letters from the tax office, e. g. a Steuerbescheid * or Lohnsteuerbescheinigung * There you’ll find this number as TIN, Taxation Identification Number or as ID-Nr (s. screenshot above).
#2 Solution – apply to Bundeszentralamt für Steuern (The Federal Central Tax Office). There are four ways to request the tax identification number:
You must provide the following information in order to get the tax ID issued again:
The ID number you receive by regular post to your current registration address.
A notification by e-mail is not possible for data protection reasons.
The processing time is up to four weeks. Be patient, then 😉
* – explanations and translations s. Glossary