All information on filing taxes in 2022 for 2023: Deadlines, programmes and apps, tax liabilities, and new developments in the tax world.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many employees had to switch to short-time work (Kurzarbeit). If you were or are also on short-time work in 2021 and will receive more than 410 euros in wage replacement benefits (Kurzarbeitgeld) for the entire year, you are obligated to file a tax return.
If you for several employers at the same time, you’re obligated to file taxes. If you’re married and have a certain tax class combination of tax classes with your spouse, you may also be obligated to pay tax. To know if you are a mandatory tax filer, we recommend you read this article.
If none of the scenarios listed there applies to you, you may be a voluntary tax filer. When you file a voluntary tax return, you can improve your finances and save money — just the right thing to do in a pandemic.
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Um deine Steuererklärungen ordnungsgemäß beim Finanzamt einzureichen, benötigst du folgende Unterlagen:
We recommend keeping important documents and papers in a safe place and neatly sorted. These could be very important later. Some expenses for which you have receipts can be claimed against tax and you can thus reclaim part of the taxes you have paid. Examples are professional expenses for your daily work or a move (income-related expenses) and other financial burdens. Read the following articles to learn more about each topic:
The COVID-19 pandemic will continue to bring many changes in 2021. That’s why there are some tax changes you should keep an eye on (apart from the deadline for filing mentioned above). For example, these turn out to be quite positive for employees, families, and low-income earners.
Here are a few examples:
The child allowance has 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 filing a joint tax return).
You can see which new amounts apply to child benefits in this table:benefit
The basic tax-free allowance (Grundfreibetrag) – on which you don’t have to pay income tax – has increased this year.
Home office implies that you’re working from home and not commuting to the office. Hence, you cannot claim the commuter allowance (Entfernungspauschale or Pendlerpauschale) cannot be used. However, since the home office entails financial burden, there is the home office allowance.
Thanks to this allowance, people who do not have a separate workspace or study can still deduct costs. In the case of a non-dedicated workplace in one’s own home, 5 euros per day can be claimed for a maximum of 120 days per year. You can read more about home office and the commuter allowance here.
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There are several ways you can submit your tax return to the tax office. The official software ELSTER introduced by the German tax administration and stands for ‘Electronic Tax Return’. Here, private users can create, edit and submit their tax return to the tax office through digital forms available on the online portal ELSTERonline. This is done by filling out the digital forms.
Spare your nerves from the inconvenience of filing taxes through ELSTER. You can do your 2021 taxes more conveniently and easily, without any tax knowledge or software, with the Taxfix app. Unlike ELSTER, you don’t have to fill out complicated forms that usually require a high level of tax knowledge. You answer easy-to-understand questions that guide you through your personal tax case, because filing your tax return should be pleasant and not frustrating.
With Taxfix, you need less than half an hour to fill out your tax return. We then calculate your expected tax refund or tax arrear, and once you’re ready, it takes one click for your tax return to go straight to the the tax office. Sounds easy? It is!
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Lino Teuteberg and Mathis Büchi founded the fintech startup Taxfix in 2016. Taxfix helps hundreds of thousands of people file their annual tax returns quickly, correctly, and without stress. Experienced tax experts, lawyers, and developers collaborate at Taxfix to demystify taxes and create an intuitive tax-filing app. The goal: simplify tax returns to make refunds accessible to all taxpayers.