Car Tax

Information on the taxes on vehicles owned in Germany...

Vehicle tax (Kraftfahrzeugsteuer) is compulsory. It is payable for a year in advance at the request of the local tax office (Finanzamt), but larger sums may be paid in instalments subject to a surcharge. The registered keeper of a vehicle is liable for the tax in Germany which is based on engine size and CO2 emissions.

There are two components to the calculation of road tax on new cars registered after the 1st January 2012:

  • Engine size – the tax is € 2 per 100ccm for gasoline engines and € 9 per 100ccm for diesel engines
  • CO2 emissions – engines emitting less than 110 gms/km are exempt and the tax above that level is € 20 per 10 gms/km

In line with many other EU countries Germany's car tax system favours "greener" vehicles which produce lower emissions.

  • For an overview of vehicles and emission classes: Click here (in German)
  • For information on the latest changes to car taxes in Germany: Click here (in German)
  • To find rates and charges: Click here and then select vehicle type from the links at the top (petrol, diesel etc. in German)

Germany does not have a road tax; this is covered instead by a tax on fuel.