Would you like to obtain a dog tax exemption?
Under certain conditions an exemption from the dog tax is possible.
A dog tax exemption is granted for keeping:
(§ 6 paragraph 1 Dog Tax Act)
- guide dogs for the blind
- Dogs which are required exclusively for the protection and assistance of blind, deaf or helpless persons within the meaning of the law on the severely handicapped.
- Service dogs of legal persons under public law whose maintenance costs are predominantly covered by public funds.
- Dogs that are required exclusively for scientific purposes by recognised scientific institutes or laboratories.
- ambulance or rescue dogs belonging to recognised medical or civil defence units, if these are required for civil defence purposes
- dogs that are temporarily housed in animal welfare facilities and are not allowed on the streets
- Dogs that are permanently kept on board inland waterway vessels.
Furthermore, dogs that are taken over from the Bremen animal shelter are granted a tax exemption for one year upon application.
What documents do I need?
- Severely disabled pass for so-called assistance dogs
Photocopy of the severely disabled person's pass, in which the characteristic "H" (= helpless), "aG" (= exceptional disability) or "B" (=accompanying person when using public transport) must be entered.
- Photocopy of the companion dog test and performance booklet of the Federal Association for Rescue Dogs for so-called rescue dogs
- Copy of the admission contract for dogs from the Bremen animal shelter
When purchasing a dog from the Bremen animal shelter we need a copy of the admission contract.