Church tax information
On the registration form, there is a field that asks you about your religious belief. If you fill out the field, then you will automatically pay church tax (up to 9% of your income tax). So leave the box for ‘Religion’ blank, if you do not want to pay church tax.
Does registration affect how much income tax I have to pay in Germany?
Yes, it does. The information you give on the registration form affects your Steuerklasse, meaning how much income tax you pay. If you indicate that you are married and your partner lives with you in Germany, then you should both register together and bring your marriage certificate; married couples pay less income tax in Germany.
Sharing of Personal Information
Be aware that the information you submit in the registration form will be shared with political parties, churches and other official bodies. If you do not want your information to be shared with third parties, you need to complete a form called ‘transmission barrier of personal data’ (Übermittlungsperre).
Register at GEZ – Broadcasting Fees
Every household that is registered in Germany must pay a monthly TV license fee. Since April 2015, it is 17,50 Euro per month. This fee is for the German public broadcasting agencies ARD, ZDF and Deutschlandradio. They produce material for the Internet, TV and radio that educates the public and seeks to provide objective news. Everyone must pay it, even if you do not have a radio, a TV or Internet. Once you register your residence in Germany, you must fill out a GEZ registration form. This way you avoid that each member of the household must pay the fee separately.
Do I need the landlord confirmation to register in Germany?
Yes, without the landlord confirmation you cannot register in Germany. In German, the landlord confirmation is also referred to as Wohnungsgeberbestätigung, Vermieterbescheinigung or Einzugsbestätigung. On the form, your landlord or rental agency confirms that you have moved into the residence, room or flat. Your landlord must sign the landlord confirmation. If this is not possible, you must discuss this with the official at the registration office.