New Elster app: Tax returns could be easier for millions
With the new MeinELSTER+ app, tax returns in Germany should finally enter the digital age. The app makes it possible to record and manage invoices directly with the smartphone. This should make tax returns easier and faster. The app is a first step towards a fully digital tax return.
For the majority, the tax return is one of the tedious tasks and is anyway a prime example of complicated bureaucracy and paperwork. This could change in the future with the new MeinELSTER+ app.
The app was developed and financed by the federal and state governments and is intended to further simplify tax returns and be a first step towards fully digital tax returns.
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With the help of the MeinELSTER+ app, for example, invoices for advertising costs can be photographed and digitally filed immediately after receipt. Text recognition software scans the receipts so that the values relevant for the tax return are extracted directly.
Users can also divide the receipts into categories. When creating the tax return, only the relevant documents are displayed when linking to an input field.
According to the German Press Agency, the possible use of artificial intelligence is also to be examined this year. This could then make the scanned documents even more user-friendly.
With the online tax office Mein Elster Online, there has been a digital platform for completing and submitting tax returns for some time. So far, however, the values have had to be entered manually into countless form fields as far as possible.
In addition, many citizens resort to third-party software with a significant
intuitive user interface.
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