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Tax Return Germany

Get your Tax Refund now: German Income Tax Return for Expatriates in english

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Welcome to german tax return in english,

Annual tax return: After the end of a calendar year, an annual tax return must generally be submitted to the tax office. The deadline is May 31 of the following year.
Example: Tax return 2016 -> Deadline for submission = 31 May 2017.
Only in exceptional cases, a later deadline can be agreed with the tax office.
Tip: With a tax consultant/ advisor the deadline is extending to December 31 of the following year.

if you have worked as an expat in Germany during the last years, you are (most likely) entitled to an income tax return and a tax refund. Do you know the average tax refund is approx. 1,000 Euro? How much tax you are charged depends on whether Germany has a tax agreement with your home country.

You should get in touch with us and we will find out how much you should only pay and (maybe no taxes at all) an how big is your tax refund. Over the past 10 years we have expanded and improved our tax return service in every way to make it the best service for you. Our multi-lingual employees speak up to 5 languages (german, english, french, polish and chinese). Due to our knowledge and experience of filing tax returns using allowances, reliefs, international tax treaties and deductions from the labour codes specific to Germany, we will organise the maximum legal tax refund for you. We will provide you with an estimation of your tax refund.

Fees example for a simple annual income tax return (Steuerberatergebührenverordnung) :

Annual income tax return (an income e.g. 29,500 €) § 24 exp. 1 nr. 1 - A 1/10 = 79.60 €
Determination of the income (incomes e.g. 34,500 €) § 27 exp. 1 -  A 1/20 = 43.60 €
Sum net = 123.20 €
plus 19 % value added tax = 23.41 €
Gross fees tax return = 146.61 €

The tax return costs are mostly tax deductible.

How do you receive your annual income tax return?

  • Send us an email and you will get a checklist.
  • Send this checklist and your documents by email, fax or post (copies are sufficient, also from the tax card).
  • We send your tax return with tax computation (The tax office get the return digital.)
  • You sign your tax return and send it to the tax office.
  • You receive the tax assessment and pass it prompt to our office.
  • We will check your tax assessment. (If the tax assessment should not be correct, we can insert an objection after consultation with you.)
  • You receive the tax refund and settle my fees.

Puzzled by the tax law or which credits and deductions to take? Need assistance with your tax return? Please contact me now and I let you know how big is your tax refund.


Checklist Tax Return Germany (PDF)

Online Checklist Tax Return (german)

German Income Tax information

Unlimited income tax liability: Persons with domicile or habitual abode in Germany are subject to unlimited income tax liability with their world income.

Income tax is calculated based on the taxable income. Taxable income is derived from total income from the seven types of income:
1. income from agriculture and forestry
2. income from trade or business
3 income from self employment
4. income from employment
5. income from capital assets (including capital gains)
6. rental income
7. other income (e.g. income from a pension)

Income are calculated by deducting the business expenditures e.g. work-related expenses from the revenues e.g. income. Income from capital assets is subject to special taxation.

Tax rates: A basic personal allowance of the taxable income is not subject to taxation. For single taxpayers, it is € 8,130 and € 16,260 for married taxpayers. For each child of the taxpayer, a tax-free child allowance as well as an allowance for care, educational or professional training requirements of the child may be deducted from the income, if deduction of the allowances is more favourable than the entitlement to child benefit, quod vide Family assistance. The base tax rate is 14 %, rising progressively to 42 % for a taxable income of € 52,882/€ 105,764 (single/married taxpayers). From a taxable income of € 250,731/€ 501,462 (single/married taxpayers), the tax rate is 45 %. These are the so-called limit tax rates, i.e. the average tax burden is significantly lower.

Special tax rate for income from capital asset: Income from capital assets is taxed at a standard tax rate of 25 % (plus solidarity surcharge).

Tax reliefs: Certain expenses of the taxpayer may be deducted:
special expenses (Sonderausgaben) are, for example: insurance premiums, retirement savings, donations, etc.
extraordinary financial burdens (außergewoehnliche Belastungen): costs for illness etc.
Tax relief for expenditure for employment or services in or around the household

Tax calculation:
– business / employment related expenditures
= sum of income
– special expenses
– extraordinary financial burdens
– tax allowances for children
= taxable income
x tax rate
= income tax
– certain tax reliefs ( e.g. for overseas income)
= assessed income tax
– advance payments
– paid wages tax
= additional payment / refund of income tax

Avoidance of double taxation: Double taxation is avoided via national regulations and Double Taxation Conventions. Double taxation conventions are international law agreements. The Double Taxation conventions usually cover income and property tax. The current convention texts are available at the following link: Double Taxation Conventions

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