It’s worth applying for a tax return

As a rule, anyone who works in Germany has to pay taxes. The employer pays these taxes directly to the tax office. For many people it is worth filing a tax return every year. Then, for example, they can inform the tax office of their costs for training, for the home office or for transportation to work. They can even apply to claim a flat rate for tax relief. The tax office then calculates whether someone will get money back.

Of the 25.5 million people who were not self-employed in Germany in 2016, 13.7 million filed a tax return for that year. Of these, 12 million received a refund of 1027 euros on average. In contrast, 1.5 million taxpayers had to make an additional payment to the tax office. The report of the Federal Statistical Office shows that an income tax return is often worthwhile and that too every year.


Eine Steuererklärung lohnt sich für viele – oftmals gibt es Geld vom Staat zurück. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL / Martin Klaus.

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