Table of contents - Tax return for trainees
Your trainee tax return is also easy
You have probably heard about the tedious subject of tax returns from your parents, friends or somewhere else. So you can understand that trainees are also thinking about it, after all, most trainees already have their salary transferred.
Secondly, for many people - probably except for people in tax consultant training - questions and doubts resonate with the topic.
There is much resentment about the annual declaration to the tax office because of the complicated process that this project used to involve. The tax information was given using printed forms (these can now also be filled out online).
The current online version called Mein Elster is a bit simpler, but probably not intuitive.
is the program of the tax office, i.e. the official and long time without alternative means for the tax return. With Mein Elster you can also fill out the forms via browser, but without knowing the tax terminology it is quite complicated.
Luckily, for some time there have been providers who collect personal tax data more easily than with endless and not very intuitive forms.
One such provider is Taxfix. With Taxfix you don't need any tax knowledge. You can go through your tax return step-by-step using simple language and a question-and-answer procedure. You can't go wrong!
After answering the questions, the amount of the expected tax refund will be calculated immediately. So you can see immediately and without risk how much money you can expect from the tax office.
If you are satisfied, your tax documents will be created and sent to your responsible tax office without paper. By the way, you can do your tax return when and where you want: at home with you or on the go or .
Prepare your own tax return
For anyone who wants to file an easy and secure tax return themselves. Free refund calculation, pay only upon submission.
Receive an advance calculation of your refund and pay only when you turn it in
Guided and intuitive process with simple questions
Automatic data retrieval: simply retrieve your income data from the tax office and have it pre-filled
The general deadline applies (September 02)
€59.99 for married couples or registered partnerships looking to file a tax return together
Our Expert Service does it for you
For those who are unsure or can't find the time – hand your taxes to an expert.
Provide a few necessary documents in minutes
An independent tax advisor will prepare and submit your tax return for you
Personalised document upload: Only submit documents that are completely necessary
Detailed check of your information
Benefit from an extended tax deadline (April 30, 2026)
Four at once: Submit the trainee tax return for several years
With Taxfix you can calculate your training costs for 2020, Steuererklärung 2021 , 2022 and 2023. In the mobile app or via browser, for example on the computer, you have your own entry for the past four years.
This gives you a chance to get a big tax refund from the tax office. Treat yourself to a holiday, clothes or invest the money with this money – you are entitled to it!
And the best thing is: With Taxfix you can stop researching your tax return right now: In the app we ask you all the relevant questions so that you can get as much out of your tax as possible!
So you save yourself long research about possible costs that you can deduct from taxes.
Tax return as a trainee: Here's what you can deduct
Therefore, the tax return can be worthwhile as an apprentice: you can deduct costs that you have incurred during the tax year in question and get money back from the tax office. This is basically possible for these outputs:
Taxfix makes filing your income tax much easier. Here are some examples that show how.
More on the trainee tax return: First or second training
How you can deduct an education from the tax depends crucially on whether it is the first education or second education.
The content listed here applies to those who went straight into training after school.
If an apprenticeship or degree was obtained before the current/relevant apprenticeship, this is referred to as a second apprenticeship.
For claiming the training costs, this means:
You can specify special expenses during initial training.
In the case of a second degree, expenses can be considered income-related expenses. A loss carryforward ("Verlustvortrag") is also possible.
Loss carryforward ("Verlustvortrag"): Save future taxes with the training
Even if you earn little money in your second degree and your training costs are higher than your income, you should file a tax return.
This is how it works: When you submit your tax return to the tax office, your income and expenses are offset against each other. If you have a loss due to excessive costs, you take this into the next tax year, where it is then offset against the income there.
With this so-called ("Verlustvortrag", German source), which is possible with second training, you can take your losses with you into the time after your training. When you then earn your first money, you save taxes in the first year of work with your training.