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Last update on October 09, 2020

Are you working in Germany? Make sure you know what’s happening with your money with our guide to taxes in Germany.

If you’re living in Germany, you will be subject to file a German tax return. It doesn’t matter whether you’re employed, self-employed, run a business, or buy or inherit a property in Germany, you’ll most likely be liable to pay tax.

Of course, there is also value-added tax (VAT) on certain items you buy. You might also be liable for tax in your home country too. To help you understand all these, here’s our guide to the tax system in Germany.

H&R Block

H&R Block is a tax advisory service specializing in expats taxes. Their team of experts can help Americans living in Germany with their US tax return. If you need to file your US tax return, make the process easier by getting in touch with the professionals at H&R Block.

Income tax in Germany

Germany imposes income tax (applicable in every one of the 16 federal states of Germany) and a Solidarity Surcharge Law on individuals. Anyone carrying on a trade or business (including the self-employed) is also subject to business tax and municipal business tax; this is levied on all business enterprises in Germany, regardless of their legal form. Under the Church Tax Law, individual members of recognized churches are also subject to church tax.

Germany also levies value-added tax, real estate transfer tax, an annual municipal tax on real property and a tax on insurance premiums.

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Filing US taxes from Germany

Despite the fact that every US citizen and Green Card holder is required to file a tax return with the IRS even when living abroad, many expatriates still fail to do so. Many are unaware of these obligations, thinking that as an expat they do not need to pay or file tax returns in the US. You do! For more information and help filing your US tax returns from Germany, see our guide to filing US taxes from abroad.

Please note: The information contained within the following articles is for guidance only and you should always seek the help of an accountant or similar professional for specific tax advice pertaining to your own situation.

The Bundeszentralamt für Steuern (Federal Central Tax Office) has information in English.