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Welcome to information and services concerning FCTO tasks!

On our website, you will find information about the topics listed in the navigation bar on the left:

  • including leaflets,
  • answers to frequently asked questions,
  • legislation,
  • application forms,
  • contact forms,
  • call centres,
  • etc.

Our staff will be happy to answer your questions on the listed topics:


Tel. no.:                    
+49 (0)228 406-1200
Fax no.:
+49 (0)228 406-3200
Monday - Friday
8 am - 4 pm
Please make your enquiry
using the contact forms
in the relevant topic area.
  • Tax id number
  • Church tax on capital gains tax
Tel. no.:
+49 (0)228 406-1240
Fax no.:
+49 (0)228 406-3200

Monday - Friday
8 am - 4 pm


  • VAT identification number (VAT ID no.) 
  • VAT control processes 
Tel. no.:
+49 (0)228 406-1222
Fax no.:
+49 (0)228 406-3801

Monday - Friday
(also on public holidays that only apply to certain federal states)
7 am - 4 pm


Please contact the specialist departments directly for information about the Federal Central Tax Office’s other tasks.

For questions relating to tax returns or the customs administration, please contact the responsible tax office or the responsible customs authority directly.


Our information principles:

  • Our information is not legally binding  
  • We have no influence on decisions made by other authorities
  • We do not act as a substitute for lawyers or accountants
  • Our information relates exclusively to current tax law in Germany  
  • We are not involved in academic work
  • We cannot provide support for data processing programmes 

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