The time tax and revenue offices take to process your tax return will usually last between three and eight weeks. However, it can vary more widely, too, particularly if there is a high number of returns being processed.
The time also varies between tax and revenue offices. The citizens of Hamburg must wait only 45 days until their tax statement arrives. The authorities in Berlin and Rheinland-Pfalz need just two days longer than that. Although Hamburg and Bremen are only 120 kilometres apart, the waiting time almost doubles. Bremer folks need to set 80 days aside before they have their tax statements in hand. The situation is not so dire in the Saarland, and yet its citizens need to wait about 70 days, too.
If you have been waiting for longer than eight weeks, however, an enquiry to your tax and revenue office is in order. Thanks to the three-digit tele-number, which you can find on your tax return, the tax office will be able to locate your return more quickly.