Tax return 2020: you need to know that
Your 2020 tax return can turn out to be a welcome cash injection for you! In most cases, you should be able to get a tax refund.
We'll tell you how it works.
Table of contents Tax Return 2020
Income tax return 2020: Submit voluntarily and benefit
The deadline for submitting the (German) 2020 has expired. However, there is still time for voluntary submissions! So take the chance to improve your wallet and give it up voluntarily - Taxfix makes it easier than ever.
We explain to you exactly how income-related expenses, special expenses and deductions work and show how the tax system in Germany with wage tax and income tax basically works.
Tax return 2020: As long as the voluntary submission is possible
The tax deadline for the mandatory tax return 2020 has already expired.
The voluntary tax return for 2020 is still possible until December 31, 2024 .
Getting started right away will be the best way to remember tax year 2020 expenses and income.
Reasons can be unknowingly high advertising costs or other deductible expenses that may have been forgotten again. Taxfix helps you to remember this and simply enter it.
So why don't you make several tax returns at once - and have such a good chance of an attractive refund?
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The general deadline applies (October 02)
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Personalised document upload: Only submit documents that are completely necessary
Detailed check of your information
Benefit from an extended tax deadline (July 31, 2024)
Only pay when you receive the result of your tax assessment
Mandatory tax return 2020: until when could you submit it?
Mandatory fee for 2020
Anyone who has to submit a tax return usually has until the end of July of the following year, but due to the special corona circumstances, the deadline for 2020 was pushed back to October 31, 2021.
Tax return 2020: tips and tricks for deducting
Examples of this can be:
- tools (e.g (German), smartphone, desk pads)
- technical literature
- expenses for commuting
- Relocation costs for a job-related change of location
- Business trips and training
- Professional insurance (e.g. professional liability insurance) and more
- cleaning costs
- renovation costs
- janitorial services
- Health, pension or life insurance
- childcare costs
- church tax
- Illness, care and funeral expenses
- Disabled conversion
- Reconstruction after natural disasters
- maintenance services
What do I need for the 2020 income tax return?
In order to properly submit your tax returns to the tax office, you need the following documents:
- Your tax identification number (tax ID)
- Your employer's income tax statement ( s).
- Your valid bank details
- A tax program or alternatively the forms from the tax office
- Receipts for advertising expenses and special expenses
When it comes to the tax program, Taxfix is your convenient choice. You don't fill out any forms, but answer simple questions about your tax situation. This is how you get to the calculation of your expected tax refund quickly and free of charge. If you then want to submit your tax return for the Taxfix fee using our tool, you can do so using the official ELSTER interface. As an alternative you can use our available. You have your tax return prepared by an independent tax consultant and sit back and relax.
What documents do I need for the income tax return 2020
Receipts are the basis for deducting items and improving the tax result. You use them to claim your expenses for tax purposes. Taxfix helps you to identify the opportunities for withdrawal. Such receipts shall serve as evidence of the expenses:
- working conferences and meetings (German)
- work-related (German)
- Further (German) and how to take them off
Use flat rates and save receipts
Lump sums allow you to state costs that the tax office usually does not ask for in more detail. Anyone who knows them often saves taxes. In the (German)you will find tax options, and maybe ours will help you too (German)!
Don't lose track - we'll remind you!
As experts in taxes, we know the many amounts, exemption limits and current regulations in tax law. Since there are often changes and new packages and the like, it is difficult for many to get an overview. The app knows the current legal situation and helps you to save as much tax as possible. So you no longer need to remember any dates or spend a long time finding out about the 2020 tax year, for example!
Taxes & financial freedom
Taxfix promotes your financial freedom. This is how you benefit: 1. Data retrieval from the tax office for a fast and accurate tax return. 2. No charges until your tax assessment arrives. 3. File your own taxes through an easy and intuitive question-answer flow, or have your taxes done for you with .
Juliane, tax expert from Taxfix
Tax changes for 2020: what changes will affect me?
The corona pandemic has changed the year 2020 and will also affect 2021 and 2022. There are also other changes made by the tax authorities that are independent of Covid. So for the 2020 tax return there are some tax changes that you should keep in mind if you want to do your tax return yourself. These are sometimes positive for employees, families and people with lower incomes.
Here some examples:
Child benefit and child allowance increase
The child allowance increased to 2,730 euros for each parent and the care allowance to 1,464 euros. This results in an allowance of 4,194 euros (or 8,388 euros for couples who submit a joint tax return) for 2020. There is also one (German), which is worth 300 euros in 2020 and 150 euros in 2021.
You can see the new child benefit amounts in this table:
The basic allowance was increased in 2020
A home office flat rate was introduced
Since many employees no longer have to use their home office to get to work, the commuter allowance or distance allowance can hardly be used. The home office flat rate was created for this purpose:
The rule here is that employees who do not have a separate (German) still be able to claim costs. For example, if you have to work in the kitchen or living room, you can claim [tv]homeoffice-flat-rate-daeglich[/tv] euros per day. The maximum amount for this is [tv]homeoffice-flat-rate-max[/tv] euros.
You can find out more about working from home and the commuter flat rate (German).
Even more changes for the tax return 2020
How do I do my 2020 tax return online?
There are several ways you can submit your tax return to the tax office. The official tax program introduced by the German tax administration stands for "Electronic Tax Return". Here, private individuals can use the online portal ElsterOnline to create and edit their tax returns electronically and send them to the tax office. This is done by filling out the digital forms.
Voluntary tax return for 2020: Which software?
The declaration comes from the computer to the tax office via tax software. Many people think of programs that are downloaded or installed on the computer. We have the advantages and disadvantages of this as well as examples in our special (German) summarized. In addition to installed programs, the software area also includes browser-based tools. These run independently of the operating system on all devices with Internet-enabled browsers and thus, for example, on Linux and other alternative systems.
One such browser-based tax software is Taxfix. You use it to complete your electronic report to the tax office from your computer - which many people prefer when it comes to taxes. Maybe you just like to sit down at the desk or kitchen table for a project like the declaration to the tax authorities.
In addition to the feature of the plausibility check and the intuitive operation via question-answer system, the synchronization with the Taxfix is practical (German). But this is also suitable for your explanation on its own.
Tax return 2020 via app
With the Taxfix control app it is at least as easy and convenient, and without any computer software. Unlike at ELSTER, you do not fill out any complicated forms, which usually require a high level of tax knowledge. Instead, you answer easy-to-understand questions that guide you through your personal tax case. It's easy and can be done from anywhere - regardless of whether you want to do your tax on the train or want to make better use of the time on the sofa in the evening than watching bad TV programs. Because submitting your tax return should be fun, intuitive and not frustrating. More on how you (German) do, we describe in the corresponding article.
Good to know
The "Elsterformular" software only works for tax years up to and including 2019, which is why users have to switch to ELSTER's extensive online service.
TAXFIX ADVANTAGES FOR ALL
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Answer our easy-to-understand questions, or sit back and have your taxes done by an independent tax advisor.
Reliable check of your data
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Estimated tax refund
If you choose to file your own taxes with Taxfix, we’ll calculate how much you can expect back from the tax office, free of charge – only pay when you submit your tax return. With Expert Service, you only pay when you receive the result from the tax office.
Efficient and secure tax returns
Only answer questions that relate to your tax case. Alternatively, you can have your taxes prepared, and your data submitted securely for you by an independent tax advisor.
Taxfix for the voluntary income tax return
By the way, the browser-based version of Taxfix does not differ from the app version with regard to your tax evaluation.
On both platforms you get easy operation, the calculation of your expected tax result and everything you need for a smooth and correct report to the tax office. In addition, browser and app are synchronized at all times.
As described, Taxfix works as a mobile app and With Taxfix you need less than half an hour on average, receive your expected tax refund and with one click your tax return is securely on the way to the tax office via the ELSTER interface. Sounds easy - it is! That is why it is the most popular mobile tax app in Germany.
With Taxfix, you can complete your tax returns from 2019-2022, in no time at all. No tax knowledge is necessary – simply choose to complete your Taxfix tax return yourself, or have an independent tax advisor do it for you. What are you waiting for?Start now