The so called "Kulturförderabgabe" is a tax for the promotion and advancement of culture.

More information will be published soon.


Information on the tax for the promotion and advancement of culture

The tax for the promotion and advancement of culture is basically 5 per cent of the amount paid by the guest for the accommodation including value added tax.

The Cologne City Council has approved the introduction of the tax as part of a package of measures aimed at addressing the city's budget deficit. The raised revenues will be allocated to culture, education and tourism.

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Tax return form
Tax refund form
Notice of assignment form
Personal certification of a tax für the promotion and advancement of culture
Employer certification of a tax for the promotion and advancement of culture
Amendment of the employer certification

Service hotline and email

We have set up a hotline and an email address for queries regarding the tax for the promotion and advancement of culture. The hotline will be staffed by people who have been specially trained to answer your questions on the new tax on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 16 p.m, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.
The number to ring is +49 (0)221 / 221-96913.

You are also welcome to email your questions about the tax to the following address:

kulturfoerderabgabe@stadt-koeln.de