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Tax return

Obligation to submit a tax return in Germany

Have you been employed in Germany for more than 183 days or do you have a permanent residence and a place of private life in Germany? If so, you are obliged to submit a tax return in Germany. If you are in the tax class 1, you do not have to submit a German tax return, but you have a potentially beneficial opportunity to ask for a refund of the paid income tax related to your employment.

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The deadline for submission of a tax return is May 31 of the following calendar year. With our help and with advice from an expert during the tax return processing, you can avoid a potential fine for failure to submit a tax return or for including incorrect data in a tax return. If you are represented by a German tax advisor, the tax return submission period is prolonged until December 31.

If you have stayed in Germany for more than 183 days or if you are an employee of a German company in the tax class 3, you are obliged to submit a tax return in Germany. If you are in the tax class 1, you do not have to submit a tax return, but you may still submit it so that a German office can give you a refund of the income tax paid by your employer.

The deadline for submission of a German tax return is by the end of May of the following calendar year for the preceding tax year. If you are represented by a German tax advisor, the tax return submission period is prolonged until the end of December of the following calendar year. That means you can submit a tax return for the year 2018 by December 31, 2019.