Electronic wage tax deduction characteristics (ELStAM) Request change

Service Description

The employer has been provided with the wage tax deduction characteristics electronically since the second calendar quarter of 2012.

The characteristics that are decisive for the wage tax deduction procedure, such as tax class, if applicable the factor for this, number of child allowances, other allowances, but also the church tax deduction characteristic are stored by the tax administration for all employees in a central database. The tax authorities make this information available to employers for electronic retrieval (ELStAM - Elektronische LohnSteuerAbzugs Merkmale).

When employment begins, the employer must register the employee with the tax authorities, retrieve the ELStAM provided by the tax authorities, transfer them to the payroll account and apply them for the duration of the employment relationship. The tax administration shall notify the employer electronically of any changes by means of change lists. The employer shows the ELStAM taken into account for the wage tax deduction in the respective wage/salary/remuneration statement.

If you enter into a new employment relationship, your new employer requires the following information for the ELStAM retrieval:

  • Tax identification number (IdNr.),
  • date of birth,
  • information as to whether it is a main or secondary employment relationship
  • and in addition, in case of a secondary employment: whether and in what amount an allowance for tax class VI determined by the tax office is to be retrieved.

Depending on whether taxation is to take place as part of a main or secondary employment, the employer retrieves the individual ELStAM with the more favorable tax class I to V (main employment) or tax class VI (secondary employment).

For you as an employee, it is also possible to name only one or more employer(s) authorized to retrieve ELStAM (retrieval authorization, positive list) or to exclude certain employers from the retrieval authorization (retrieval block, negative list). However, the lack of a call authorization means that the employer must deduct income tax according to tax class VI.

When creating the ELStAM, the respective actual circumstances are decisive.

If certain ELStAM are more favorable than your circumstances, you are legally obliged to have your ELStAM changed immediately by the tax office.

If something changes in your favor, you can have your ELStAM changed by your tax office. Marriages or the birth of a child are regularly taken into account as ELStAM by the tax authorities on the basis of corresponding notifications from the municipalities. You do not need to take any action here.

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

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Competent Authority

Finanzamt Erfurt

August-Röbling-Straße 10
99091 Erfurt
0361 573615-000
0361 573615-800
Opening times

Our service center will be permanently closed. During our service hours, we will answer inquiries about your specific tax case by telephone:

0361 57 3615-900

Service hours

Monday 08.00 - 12.00 h and 13.00 - 15.00 h

Tuesday 08.00 - 12.00 h and 13.00 - 15.00 h

Wednesday 08.00 - 12.00

Thursday 08.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 18.00

Friday 08.00 - 12.00

If a matter cannot be resolved by telephone, you still have the option of making a personal appointment with the person responsible.


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