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Berlin, 01.07.2022 - All property owners must submit a declaration to determine the property tax value by October 31st, 2022 as part of the property tax reform. The DigitalService, the central digitalization unit of the federal government, has developed a user-centric, time-saving solution on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Finance that supports private owners with the submission. The free online service "Grundsteuererklärung für Privateigentum (Property Tax Declaration for Private Property)" will be available from July 04th. It can be used in the eleven states that apply the so-called "Bundesmodell" for property tax. An ELSTER account is not required.

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Berlin, 01.07.2022 - All property owners must submit a declaration to determine the property tax value by October 31st, 2022 as part of the property tax reform. The DigitalService, the central digitalization unit of the federal government, has developed a user-centric, time-saving solution on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Finance that supports private owners with the submission. The free online service "Grundsteuererklärung für Privateigentum (Property Tax Declaration for Private Property)" will be available from July 04th. It can be used in the eleven states that apply the so-called "Bundesmodell" for property tax. An ELSTER account is not required.

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Berlin, April 5, 2022 - Starting in May, federal ministries will once again collaborate with digital and transformation experts from business and civil society for several months as part of the Work4Germany and Tech4Germany fellowship programs. The common goal of the interdisciplinary teams: To demonstrate in 38 selected projects how iterative and user-centric methods can be used to create concrete added value. The fellowships are organized and carried out by the federally owned digitization unit DigitalService.

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The establishment of DigitalService is progressing successfully. The federal government's digitalization unit, which was launched in October 2020, is gaining sought-after experts to work on the digital state. With Stephanie Kaiser, an experienced IT manager and member of the Federal Government's Digital Council (Chief Product Officer), Martin Jordan from the UK Government Digital Service (Head of Design) and Anna-Lisa Obermann (Head of People) from Blinkist, the DigitalService has also completed its management team.

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Berlin, 01.03.2022 - The simplified, pre-filled online tax form for people in retirement is now available for the 2021 assessment year. The "Steuerlotse" was developed by the federally owned digitization unit DigitalService in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Finance. It is free to use and is aimed at retirees without additional income.

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30 innovators from the private sector, 30 projects in the federal administration, 6 months, 1 common goal: to make the administration fit for the future with the help of new working methods and to advance digitalization. Interested parties can apply for the third round of the Work4Germany Fellowship until Jan. 16, 2022. The program itself runs from May to October 2022.

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The Steuerlotse has been developed precisely to enable the target group to file their tax returns easily, quickly, digitally and online. This service is operated and continuously developed by the federally owned DigitalService4Germany GmbH on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF).

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The German federal government now has its own software development unit: "DigitalService4Germany". This provides the federal authorities with an alternative in-house service provider developing user-friendly software, such as apps, in a user-oriented and agile manner.

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