Financial Tips in Germany

General

Lump-Sum and Tax Exemption: Important Tax Allowances for Employees

Lump-sums (Pauschbeträge) and tax exemptions reduce the taxable income and, thus, your tax burden. Some are deducted directly, and others must be applied for. You can save taxes with all of them. Find out more here.

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Tax Changes 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic will be with us through 2021, resulting in more tax changes than usual. We are providing an overview of what changes for your taxes. We’ll also tell you what you need to be aware of and the cases where you can earn savings.

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Organization

Retention Obligation: Which Tax Documents Must I Keep And For How Long?

Retention Obligation (Aufbewahrungspflicht) is applicable for a handful of documents when it comes to tax returns. Documents and invoices accumulate over the years. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, more people have received certificates for income replacement benefits leading to more papers to store. In this article, we summarise which documents you need to keep and for how long.

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Cheating on The Tax Return: Tricks and Risks

Do you want to find out how to organize your financial life better? Check out these practical tips.
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Save money

Lump-Sum and Tax Exemption: Important Tax Allowances for Employees

Lump-sums (Pauschbeträge) and tax exemptions reduce the taxable income and, thus, your tax burden. Some are deducted directly, and others must be applied for. You can save taxes with all of them. Find out more here.

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Corona, Kurzarbeit & Tax 2020 - Everything you, your friends and family need to know now

What is the difference between gross and net, and why is your salary expressed in gross terms? We explain what is deducted from your earnings and how the calculation of your income works!
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Elster

File Online Tax Returns with ELSTER

Filing your tax return online? Not that hard when you use the free tax software by ELSTER. Not only is it easier for you to submit your tax return, but also these extra advantages.

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Deadlines

Dear Tax Office, Where’s My Tax Refund?

The tax return is on its way to the tax office. Well done!

All you can do now is... wait.

So when exactly will the tax office send through your tax return? Will it be a longer wait because of COVID-19? Get all your information here.

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What's the deadline for filing my tax return?

Many people have never considered filing their taxes. It used to be messy and complicated – and if you're a regular employee, you might not even need to file. Since not all taxpayers are legally obligated to file an annual tax return, there can be confusion when it comes to the deadline: It’s not the same for all taxpayers! Our overview of the different regulations will help you file on time regardless.

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