Kategorie: German tax return

Tax return 2021: Deadlines are set

Tax return 2021: Deadlines are set

Since February 2022, the Federal Government (Bundesregierung) and the Federal Council (Bundesrat) have been debating the draft law for the Fourth Corona Tax Relief Act. On 19th May 2022, the Fourth Corona Tax Relief Act was now passed in the Federal Parliament (Bundestag) by the coalition and with the consent of the CDU. In addition to further support measures to cope with Corona, the law also included new deadlines for the submission of current and future tax returns.
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Missed the deadline? This is how you can apply for a deadline extension!

Abgabetermin verpasst? So beantragen Sie eine Fristverlängerung!

If you were unable to meet the new submission deadline of the 1st or 2nd of November 2021, you could face late payment penalties of up to 10 percent. But don’t worry! As a rule, the tax office does not mind if the tax return is submitted a few days or a week later. If you need more time, send an informal letter requesting an extension of the deadline. This is usually enough to postpone the submission deadline. Our sample letter will help you!

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Tax return 2020: The deadline for submission is approaching

Steuererklärung 2020: Ende der Abgabefrist naht

The Ministry of Finance of Thuringia has announced that the countdown for the tax return 2020 is running: The deadline for tax return submission is 31 October 2021 or the following working day. If the tax return is completed by a tax advisor or income tax assistance association (Lohnsteuerhilfeverein), the new submission deadline ends on 31 May 2022 (FinMin Thuringia as of 14.09.2021).


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File an objection to the tax assessment notice (Steuerbescheid)

Einspruch gegen den Steuerbescheid einlegen

In 2020, 3.3 million objections were filed to tax assessment notices – and most of them were well justified! More than two-thirds of the objections were – at least partially – successful for the taxpayers! Once you have finally received your tax assessment notice (Steuerbescheid), it should in any case be closely examined and checked for errors. It is usually not a good idea to simply put the income tax assessment notice in the file without thoroughly examining it.


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More time for the tax return 2020

Mehr Zeit für die Steuererklärung 2020

Good news for all taxpayers who do not want to deal with their income tax returns 2020 during the holiday season. The deadline for tax return submission has been postponed from 31 July 2021 to 31 October 2021.


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Short-time allowance (Kurzarbeitergeld): Obligation to file a tax return

Short-time allowance (Kurzarbeitergeld): Obligation to file a tax return

As a result of the Corona crisis, the regulations regarding the receipt of short-time allowance were changed several times. For example, the period for receiving a short-time allowance was extended to up to 24 months. There are also specific regulations on the tax treatment of employer subsidies (Arbeitgeberzuschüsse) for short-time allowance and seasonal short-time allowance (Saison-Kurzarbeitergeld). But what do these rules mean for the tax return?

The subsidies are tax-exempt if, together with the short-time allowance, they do not exceed 80 percent of the difference between the expected wage and the actual wage.
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Cheating while doing your German tax return

Cheating while doing your German tax return

Cheating on taxes can be tempting. Especially when it comes to a few hundreds or sometimes thousands of euros. And especially if you are new in Germany and can always use an excuse that you don’t speak German or you are not familiar with the German tax laws and how they work. However, in any country „ignorance of law excuses no one”. The same applies, of course, to Germany as well. In this article, we will explain to you why it is not advisable to cheat while filling in your German tax return.


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Why should I submit a tax return in Germany?

Why should I submit a tax return in Germany?

Nine out of ten taxpayers in Germany receive a refund when they submit their annual tax return (according to data from the Federal German Statistics Office). Anyone who has earnings in Germany can claim back part of the income tax which they have paid throughout the year. With the help of a good software tool like SteuerGo.de, this process should only take an hour or so to complete. In the following years, this is even easier and quicker due to the automatic transfer of many entries.
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