🇩🇪 Tax declaration (🇩🇪 eine Steuererklärung)

• Introduction

In Germany, one pays one of the highest percentage of taxes in the world. 🫰🤑 A large part of the salary gets deducted. ☹️ We explained this in the following article:

• What is a tax declaration?

The tax declaration is a legal method that allows you to get a part of the taxes you paid back. You simply fill special forms in speical programs or apps and add to them of course all of the invoices you paid. The program will then automatically decide how much taxes you paid extra and then you will get a report, which you can send online or by mail to the tax authority (🇩🇪 der Finanzamt). They will examine it and then you will get in most cases a lot of money back.

• Money refund: How much?

It depends on what you spent exactly (see the list at the end of this article), but generally around 1-8 thousand Euro.

• Is it mandatory?

If you have only one employer (= you work only in one hospital at the same time), it is optional. But we recommend that you do it. You will always get moeny back.

• When is this done?

This is done for each year at the year following it. For example, for the year of 2023, you can submit your tax declaration (🇩🇪 die Steuererklärung) starting from 01.01.2024.

• How to do it?

• Apps, websites and programs: costs arouns 15-40 Euros

• Tax club/society (🇩🇪 der Steuerverein): They will do it for you. Subscription is around 300 Euro per year.

• Tax advisor (🇩🇪 der Steuerberater): You could get more money back, but they cost more (around 300-700 Euro).

• What can be deducted from the taxes?

Please note: We are not tax advisors and these information should be scrutinized and one should ask his/her tax advisor (der Steuerberatr) about them.

– All costs related to the medical license (books, courses, exam fees, train tickets, etc.)

– Things that help you in your work like books, work clothes, pencils, papers, etc.

– Costs for learning: Books, apps, courses, journal subscriptions, etc.

– Medical events: Costs, fixed rate for eating/drinking, hotel costs, etc.

– Relevant insurances for the work

– Membership fees in the medical association or work unions (like the Marburger Bund)

– Each kilometer you drive to your work or to a course or medical event

– Costs for washing work clothes

– Costs for bank account

– Money transfered to parents (this can bring you a lot of money back, especially the poorer your home country is)

… Do you want more deatils? We could write a detailed article in the future. Write if you want us to do that.

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