Calculating motor vehicle tax: what counts

Anyone who registers a car must pay motor vehicle tax. The amount of the vehicle tax is calculated from various factors such as engine capacity and CO2 emissions. customs is responsible.

  • Vehicle tax must be paid by direct debit
  • assessment and collection by the main customs offices
  • e-cars are exempt from vehicle tax for the first few years after registration

Since 1. July 2014 the customs administration is responsible for the motor vehicle tax. This means that the main customs offices take care of the assessment, levying and collection of the tax. The tax usually has to be paid for a year in advance. There are exceptions if the tax is over 500 euro. The issuance of a direct debit mandate is required by law.

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Vehicle tax for cars: how it is calculated

Various factors play a role in the calculation of the vehicle tax. This includes the size of the engine displacement and the CO2 emissions. New regulations were passed in June: in the future, CO2 emissions will have a significantly greater influence on the amount to be paid in the calculation. Different approaches apply to older and newer cars:

The higher the CO2 emissions, the higher the tax allowance

What exactly is it about? Until now, the amount of vehicle tax was determined on the basis of the registration date, the engine type, the engine capacity and the consumption or CO2 emissions. In the draft law for the new vehicle tax, which is to come into force next year, fuel consumption is to be weighted more heavily – according to the motto: owners of gas guzzlers pay more. Significantly more.

Passenger cars first registered by. June 2009

The following parameters are decisive for the calculation of the vehicle tax for older cars:

  • Type of drive (petrol, diesel, Wankel engine)
  • Engine capacity (in cc)
  • emission key or. Emission class (euro standard)
    (the key number is located in field 1 of the vehicle registration document). In the registration certificate part I it is in field 14.1. The last two digits are relevant in each case.)
  • Weight (wankel engine)

Passenger cars with first registration as of 1. July 2009

For newer cars, CO2 emissions play a bigger role in determining car tax. Owners of passenger cars with lower CO2 emissions will benefit. you have to pay a lower tax compared to a car with high CO2 emissions. CO2 value is in field V.7 the registration certificate part I. In addition to CO2 emissions, engine capacity and drive type also have an effect on the tax rate.

These taxes apply to electric cars

electric cars do not have to pay vehicle tax for the first few years after registration. You are exempt for

  • Five years if registered by 17.05.2011
  • Ten years if the vehicle is registered after 18.05.2011 to 31. December 2015

after expiration of the exemption the weight is the basis for the calculation of the car tax. Every 200 kilograms the amount of tax increases.

There are three different rates for electric cars:

  • For a zgg up to 2.000 kg pay 5,625 euro per 200 kg.
  • With a zgg between 2.001 and 3.000 kg become 6.01 euro due.
  • With a total weight of from 3.000 kg PAY 6,39 euro.

The calculated sums are always rounded up. What this means, we explain in an example.

Your electric car weighs 2.500 kg. You therefore fall under category two, i.e. 6.01 euros per 200 kg:

  • 2.500 kg / 200 kg = 12,5
  • 12,5 x 6,01 euro = 75,125 euro (rounded up then 76 euro)
  • So you have to pay 76 euro per year in motorcycle tax.

But beware! These tax rates only apply to electric cars, but not to hybrid vehicles.

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Calculate motorcycle tax

Compared to passenger cars, the calculation of vehicle tax for motorcycles is relatively simple. The basis is the engine displacement – motorcycles are basically divided into two categories: light motorcycles and motorcycles. The tax on motorcycles increases for every 25 cubic centimeters (cc) or part thereof. For every 25 cc or part thereof, you have to pay an annual vehicle tax of 1.84 euro.

motorcycle tax formula:

This formula helps you to calculate the exact motorcycle tax for your two-wheeler.

Engine capacity in cc / 25
annual tax = result x 1.84

Taxes often also apply to registrations with seasonal license plates. You can calculate this special motorcycle tax using the following formula:

Annual tax rate / 12
pro rata tax = result x number of months registered.

Tax exempt motorcycles

Not all two-wheelers are subject to taxation: for example, motorcycles with a displacement of 125 cc or less do not have to be taxed. So-called light motorcycles, no taxes on. mopeds – i.e. motorcycles with a maximum design speed of 45 km/h are also tax-free.

End of taxes for vehicles

When the vehicle is deregistered with the registration authority, the obligation to pay vehicle tax also ends. The so-called final notice is usually sent two weeks after deregistration.

Since the vehicle tax must always be paid in advance (normally for one year), a credit balance is created when the car is deregistered. Such credits are usually paid within three weeks.

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