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A Swede in Germany

German taxes and Elster III

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In a telling development of what prompted my original post (that I just had wasted several hours trying to use the third-rate Elster products to file my VAT):

I recently received a notification from the “IRS” that because I had exceeded the normal deadline, caused exclusively by their incompetence, they would book me a 35-Euro late fee.

They prevent me from fulfilling the rules they impose to their one-sided advantage, they waste hours of my time, they bring me to the point that I want to throw my notebook at the wall—and I have to pay them…

Of course, the complaint I just filed took another fair bit of time—and forced me to use Elster again…

I can only re-iterate that the situation is utterly inexcusable. Elster, the overall tax system, and the German IRS all need to be completely over-hauled or replaced by something better.

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Written by michaeleriksson

January 7, 2018 at 4:40 pm

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  1. […] a previous post on a late fee and another discussing the original VAT issue. On a positive note, my complaint against the late […]

  2. […] demonstrated further problems with the inexcusable Elster interface (also see e.g. [2], [3], [4], […]


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