Tax return in Germany for foreigners made easy – Steuererklärung

It’s that time of the year again: the time to do your tax return in Germany otherwise known as “Steuererklärung”.  Yes sir/m’am, you’ll be able to get money back, and sometimes up to a few thousand euros. We show you how in this step by step guide.

Tax return in Germany

The road to your tax refund in Germany :

Before your panic when thinking “I haven’t done my tax return this year!”,  let me assure you that you won’t have any problems with your Finanzamt if you forgot to file your tax statement. As an employee, you are taxed every month off your wage. If your salary is your only income, then it will be a piece of cake to get your tax refund. You have already paid your taxes, now your job is to obtain as much refund as you can! For freelancers, it’s of course another story as it is compulsory.

The average tax return in Germany is close to 1000€ nation-wide. Sounds interesting doesn’t it?

Should i be doing one?

It is compulsory for self-employed people to do. For employees, it is only compulsory if they are in one of the following situations:

Income sources

  • Additional income (not from salary) superior to 410€.
  • Salary replacement income (like unemployment benefits) superior to 410€.
  • More than one employer in the year.
  • More than 2 salaries (like a full-time job and a minijob).

Family situation

However, even if you don’t have to do it, you may as well do it, as there are chances you get money back too.

So how can I do my tax return in Germany?

If you are confident enough to do it on your own, do as follow. Otherwise, jump to the next title.

First you have to make sure you get all the right papers. It is recommended to download the forms directly from the official website this way : here.
(Click on the right hand side on “Einkommensteuer mit allen Anlagen”)

If you are an employee , you need the following forms (e.g for 2018) :

  • ESt 1 V 2018 (The main form that details general info like your adress, iD nummer,etc)
  • Anlage N 2018 (The form to detail your income as an employee)
  • Anlage Vorsorgeaufwand 2018 (The form to detail your insurances)

If you are self-employed, you need the following forms (e.g for 2018) :

  • Est 1A 2018
  • Anlage S 2018 (Freelancers only)
  • Anlage G 2018 (Gewerbetreibende only)
  • Anlage USt 2018 (if you pay V.A.T)
  • Anlage GeSt 1A 2018 (Gewerbetreibende only)
  • Anlage EÜR (If turnover is more than 17 500€ a year)

On this website,  it is also possible to download an official tool called ELSTER (ELektronische STeuerERklärung) onto your computer. This tool enables you to proceed to your tax return in Germany via the internet, saving both you and your Finanzamt a lot of time. You need to sign-up for an account and you receive your password by post.

Honestly from there, i will gladly direct you to one of the best guides made in English around by our good friends of ToyTown Germany. It is very neat, clear and complete to do your tax return in Germany in English properly. I don’t see how i could give better information on how to fill in all those forms.

What now?

  1. Print the forms out.
  2. Sign them.
  3. Find a post office.
  4. Send them to your local Finanzamt.
  5. Done !

Wait for 1 or 2 months before you get any answer, and hopefully, a little ka-ching will appear on your bank account so you can afford this awesome guitar you spotted, or else, paying for your holidays to Croatia.

I don’t feel confident filling in my tax declaration in Germany alone, how can i get help?

If you are not so good with numbers or a bit scared of doing mistakes because of the German language, there are other ways to do your tax return in Germany.

Good value for the money: self-help online platforms

If this is too much to do, there are also online tools that make it super easy to get your tax declaration in Germany right for a maximum return. You might consider SteuerGo for example that i can really recommend for employee and freelancers alike, especially if it’s your first time.

  • Your hand is really guided step-by-step with the tool in a clean interface.
  • Save progress at any time when you register for a free account.
  • It’s also fully in English (!) at every step of the process.
  • You can even call a hotline if you have questions.
  • For self-employed people, it also lets you do
    additional forms like (Einnahmenüberschussrechnung (EÜR), Umsatz- und Gewerbesteuererklärung).
  • It only costs 25€ which is perfect when you don’t earn enough to afford a Steuerberater.

They also let you know in real-time how much you are getting back so you know if it’s worth the one-time-fee. No need to pay anything before submitting to the Finanzamt (they also do that for you). You can give it a spin for free. 🙂

SteuerGo does not support one thing for employees though: if you have had a foreign employer that year. In this case, you can turn to platforms like SmartSteuer which also supports that (No English though).

Worth it if you have a more complex situation: a Steuerberater

You can also turn to professional tax advisers in Germany for this. A Steuerberater is a trained agent capable of preparing, processing and submitting your tax declaration in Germany. They are accountants usually experienced into finding particular rules that is relevant to your tax profile to optimize your return. Even if their fees are controlled by certain laws, you usually have to pay a few hundred euros for their services. This is why it’s only relevant if your situation is a bit more complex like earning relatively well, being married, having kids, owning a house and having different sources of income. It’s also quite normal for freelancers and self-employed persons to have one.

If you don’t know where to start your search for a Steuerberater, you can turn to platforms like Ageras. They search and find one for you based on your profile and needs. The service is free and the offers you receive non-binding.

Well said cat-friend, (deadline is 31st of July though) Source:


What is the tax return deadline in Germany?

In theory, the deadline is to the 31st of July of the following year (for people that obliged by law to submit one). However, you can ask for an extension if you are short on time. Using a Steuerberater allows you to have even more time, as they have until February of the year after to do it (eg: a submission in Feb 2020 for the year 2018). Be aware that there is a penalty of 25€ per late month.

Important note: employees whose sole income are their salaries are not required by law to submit a tax return. This means that the deadline moves to 4 years in the future. For example, you can do your tax return for the year 2018 until the last day of 2022. Even more importantly:

As an employee, you can claim a tax return for up to 4 years prior the current year. Pretty handy if you forgot to do it those years to maximize return.

When will i get my money after submitting all the forms?

It takes between 8-12 weeks for the Finanzamt to process your files and obtain your tax refund in Germany on your account. It’s usually quicker when sending everything out electronically. A poll made by a tax payer’s association uncovered the following waiting times to hear from the Finanzamt:

  • 18 % have to wait about 6 weeks
  • 32 % 6 to 12 weeks
  • 32 % up to half a year
  • 18 % longer than half a year

What should i do if i am unhappy about the results, or if some things were misinterpreted?

If you think the Finanzamt made a mistake to process your case, it is possible to protest and open a case (Einspruch) to explain your situation, within one month after receiving the Steuerbescheid.

I started to work without a Steuer ID from the Finanzamt… (maximum tax rate)

When this happens, your wage is being taxed at the maximum rate possible. It is possible to get the difference between that rate and the normal rate back when doing your tax return the following year.

I have received income from abroad the past year; how should i go about this to avoid double-taxation?

The Finanzamt requires of all German residents to declare any income sources, even if they are coming from abroad and have nothing to do with your life here. If that income was already taxed from that country, you might avoid double-taxation if it has agreed to a tax treaty with Germany. If so, you can do that by filling the Anlage AUS – Ausländische Einkünfte for your declaration. More info about that here.

I have left the country already, can I try to do a tax return and will the Finanzamt transfer the money to my foreign bank account?

Absolutely, you can do a tax return for the year and months you left the country. The Finanzamt will transfer you the money in your foreign account if you give them all the necessary information, and a specific request to do so. You will very likely support the costs of the transfer on your own.

Ps 1 : Don’t forget to sign all those forms, otherwise they won’t be processed by your dear Finanzamt !

Ps 2 : If you feel like you are running out of time, you can let know your Finanzamt before the 31st of July you need more time. They usually give you an extra 2 or 3 months to do your tax return in Germany.


  • Reply Premkishan 09/01/2020 at 13:31

    Hello, I was working as an intern for last 6 months in Germany. And due to some miscommunication my tax class was 6 instead of tax class 1. Therefore, I paid 350 Euros as a tax instead of 80 Euros. Now, will I get all my tax back from Finanzamt or I need to do any other process to claim all the tax? My Brutto salary for those 6 months is around 9500 Euros

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 14/01/2020 at 09:53

      Hey Premkishan. If you have the correct tax class now, you will be able to get some of this back yes, with a “standard” tax return.

  • Reply Christina 05/01/2020 at 11:33


    Thank you for your website, so many great advices 🙂
    Do you know, SteuerGo still doesn’t support if you received income from foreign employee last year? Does it mean, they don’t have Anlage AUS formula? Thank you in advance 🙂

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 06/01/2020 at 14:33

      Hey Christina. It’d be best to ask Steuergo directly.

  • Reply Dirk 03/01/2020 at 15:06

    Great article, just a question about VAT. I registered recently and the Finanzamt asked me to fill in a Umsatzsteuererklärung f0r 2019.
    In 2019 I was selling below the threshold and did not have any inventory stored in Germany. Where do I fill in my sales in Elster?

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 06/01/2020 at 14:32

      Hey Dirk. Which threshold now? There is a form called Umsatzsteuererklärung 2019 on Elster.

  • Reply Bojan 02/01/2020 at 13:24


    Thank you very much for the usefull informations. I have one question that is specific to my case. I arrived in Germany in December 2018. Since then, I am in tax class 1. I do have wife and child abroad and we are still in visa-waiting process for them, I expect this to be finished this January. When they get visa, I will be able to change tax class form 1 to 3, and also 5 for my wife.

    Will we be able to get the tax back for this time while we were waiting for entry visa (if I change tax class in january 2020) or are we too late now?

    • Reply ~Bojan 02/01/2020 at 13:28

      To clarify, what I want to ask is difference in tax ammount between tax class 1 and 3 for the whole year, because I am married since 2016, but untill we get family visa I can not change tax class. Thank you

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 03/01/2020 at 10:38

      Hey Bojan. It will be possible only for the month of January.

  • Reply Celia Thomas 09/12/2019 at 13:29

    Hello, thanks for the blog which is great. Could you please point me to the link to how to request an extension for filing with the finanzamt? I wasn’t able to find it online. Greatly appreciate what you do here.

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 17/12/2019 at 00:13

      Hey Celia. It’s best to do via good ol’ post. here is a template you can use.

      • Reply Musti 17/12/2019 at 21:51

        Thank you for this post. I have a very basic question, I and my wife have already spent over 4000 Euro for learning German. Can we deduct this amount? If so, how much money should I expect?
        Thanks in advance.

        • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 30/12/2019 at 15:56

          Hey Musti. Yes probably.

  • Reply James 05/12/2019 at 18:44

    Hi Bastien,
    I have a very specific question. My wife and I got married in Australia in January but, due to various things getting in the way, we have not yet registered the marriage in Germany. I have a job but my wife is a student with no income, so I understand that we must submit a tax return for 2019. I intend to do this through an accountant, but I have a question about the marriage registration. Will the German government take our date of marriage as January 2019 or will they use the date of the registration of the mariage in Germany? Also, must we register the marriage this year in order to have it counted for our 2019 tax return, or can we wait until next year to register tha marriage? Obviously we will need to register before submitting a tax return. Any help you could provide would be great, thanks!

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 17/12/2019 at 00:30

      Hey James. You can ask your accountant directly about this. I believe the recognition date will serve as a basis for calculation.

  • Reply Daniel Fernandez 05/12/2019 at 18:09

    Hey! Great article 🙂

    I wanted to ask a question: I’m an international student living in Berlin. I want to work on websites like Fiverr, UpWork, as well as using Patreon to get paid with donations.

    1. If I do so, do I have to declare to the Finanzamt that I’m getting paid online? How does the taxes thing work?

    2. Does PayPal have anything to do with the german taxes? (example: If I get donations on PayPal from my family, or if I transfer money from PayPal to my german bank account, do I have to declare that too?)

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 17/12/2019 at 00:31

      Hey Daniel. Then you’d probably need to register as a freelancer. Complete guide this way. 1. Yes, definitely. See guide for details. 2. Any and all income should be declared, even donations.

  • Reply Donatas 04/12/2019 at 11:23

    Hello, sorry if this is a stupid question, I moved to germany in october and started working at amazon on October 15th, my contract ends at the end of the year so in January I plan to leave Germany. Since I will have worked in germany for 2.5 months, will I be eligible for tax refund after New Year? If so:
    1. Can I request it once I have left Germany (de-registered and all..) and am in my home country?
    2. Do I have to prepare some documents in advance or I will be able to get all necessary documents online?

  • Reply FS 03/12/2019 at 23:07

    Hi, Can I receive a tax return if I submit my form too late? Say after 5 years?

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 05/12/2019 at 16:01

      Hey Mohammed. No.

  • Reply Quyet 02/12/2019 at 21:38

    Hi. Thank you for your great sharing. I want to ask you that I was taxed class 1 for single person although I got married and my wife was studing in Germany when I started my job. The reason is we have a foreign notarized marriage certificate and German authorities did not accept it. When I have worked for 6 months, my wife came back to our homecountry. Now if I show them my legal marriage certificate, can I get the tax return for 6 months? I should have tax class 3 instead of class 1. My wife did not have a job at that time when I started my job. Which documents do I need to send to local tax apartment? Thank you for your advice.

  • Reply Om 28/11/2019 at 12:26

    Hi, thanks for the great article! I have a question. My wife (German) just started work last month, can she apply for tax refund now (and get it now) or does she have to wait for a certain period? Thank you

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 29/11/2019 at 09:31

      Hey Om. It can first be done in 2020 for 2019.

  • Reply Louise 27/11/2019 at 16:07

    Hello !

    Thanks for this article. I would like to know where could I get those documents for 2019 ? I only find them with 2018 noted on it.
    ESt 1 V 2018
    Anlage N 2018
    Anlage Vorsorgeaufwand 2018

    Thank you

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 28/11/2019 at 09:24

      Hey Louise. 2019 documents will be available in 2020.

  • Reply KT 27/11/2019 at 15:34

    Thank you for this post, it is really helpful. I have a question: I work as a designer in a company but also do freelance projects. For these freelance projects, I need to buy a drawing iPad. Can I submit this as an expense for work so the tax office can return part of the money? Is this possible? Thank you in advance.

  • Reply Jostein Thomassen 27/11/2019 at 00:53


    I live in Norway, and have my main job and a side job here.
    I have recently begun to sell on the German market through and through my own webshop.

    * Is there any special forms to add for this situation?
    * What might be the easiest tool for me to deliver the TAX-documents.

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 28/11/2019 at 09:20

      Hey Jostein. I can’t comment on business related matters from a foreign country. Get in touch with a tax consultant instead.

  • Reply Saeid 21/11/2019 at 11:06

    Thank you so much for this informative article. I have a problem and I will be more than happy if you address it. I’m employed here in Germany since Dec. 2018, however, due to some bank account problems I started to be paid from 2019. As you may have guessed, I paid a lot because all my saleries (including the one belonging to 2018) was paid in 2019 and they thought I’m really rich :). I filled the tax return for 2018 and I just got the result. It says there is no income on 2018. So now I want to know two things. First, will they pay me back the additional money that was taken from my 2019 income when I fill 2019 tax return? And secondly, as I was employed only for one month in 2018 (only December), technically I should have paid no taxes for 2018 because the whole income was less than 8000 euros or so. So will I also be paid back my taxes for 2018?

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 25/11/2019 at 12:41

      Hey Saeid. That’s a specific question for which you probably need the help of a Steuerberater. I cannot tell you how much you might get back because there are many parameters deciding this, which requires proper time and attention.

  • Reply Hyari 18/11/2019 at 13:07

    Hello, I am a student, and I did two internships. during the period I got transferred from tax class 1 to tax class 6 then back to tax class 1 again; do I get back the taxes I paid?
    what documents do I need to submit?

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 25/11/2019 at 12:24

      Hey Hyari. I cant possibly say, depends on many many parameters as a tax payer. What documents to submit are listed in the post.

  • Reply Ausländer 14/11/2019 at 20:07


    I had a house in Germany which I sold a couple of years ago, and then returned to the UK to live. I filled out a Steuererklärung for the sale of the house at the start of last year, (and was given a Steuernummer). Later last year I received a notice telling me that I had no tax to pay (as I expected). So I thought no more about it.

    Fast-forward to this year, I’ve just received an Erinnerung at my UK address telling me that I am late in filing my Steuererklärung for last year (i.e. the year after the year I sold the house) — and telling me that I may be fined up to 25000 € for filing it late! Presumably the fact that I was given a Steuernummer when I sold my house means that the Finanzamt now expects me to send in tax returns every year.

    I am British and am now permanently resident in the UK. I own no German property. I have no income at all from Germany. (I have money in a German bank account, but it is in a Girokonto and earns no interest.)

    What do I do, please?! Do I have to fill out German Steuererklärungen every year for the rest of my life, even though I no longer live in Germany and have no German income?!

    Any help much appreciated!

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 25/11/2019 at 11:51

      Hey there. This is out of my league at is relates to property tax and such. Better ask a professional.

  • Reply Son 06/11/2019 at 14:22

    Hi, thanks a lot for great information!
    I have a question. I applied my tax refund for last year (2018) by myself but I couldn’t get any refund. (actually I have to pay 2 euro more..)
    So I called to the finanzamt but they said my institute already calculated my tax quite efficienttly so there’s no money back. However, other colleagues in the institute got the tax refund properly. I think I applied something wrong or missed some important information on the document. Is it possible to check and claim my tax refund again for 2018? and do you know how I can do it? Thanks!

  • Reply Marlene Ang 31/10/2019 at 23:06

    Hi, would it be possible to declare for life insurance i paid in US Dollar from Insurance company from other country? (international insurance coverage from my previous place of work/live in Singapore). if yes how to declare US dollar in tax return? thanks in advance.

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 23/11/2019 at 09:23

      Hey Marlene. I suggest you get in touch with a Steuerberater for that.

  • Reply PAblo 25/10/2019 at 11:06

    Hi ! This is very useful!

    I have a question , hopefully you can give me some advice.

    I made my tax declaration fro the year 2018 this year around February. Then I got a letter from the Finanzamnt with the tax refund that I should receive (around 2500 €) . Everything nice. Then , a week ago I got a letter from the Finanzamnt again saying that there has been a mistake in the calculation( I used google to translate the letter) and that instead of 2500€, I should have only received 2300 €. There is no explanation about the calculation… is this common? Can I appeal somehow?

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 26/10/2019 at 09:07

      Hey Pablo. You can always appeal the decision of course, and ask why the difference is there now. I just don’t know if you would want to get into this. That’s a lot of time and energy, but up to you.

  • Reply karolina kacka 25/10/2019 at 10:51

    Dear Bastian,

    I have a quick question about my tax declaration for 2018- I need to fill it by 6.11.2019 and this year decided to do it on my own 🙂
    Last year 2018 i was working full time from January until 31 July. On 31 July I quit my job and registered myself as unemployed but not a job seeker since I went directly on a sick leave.

    From 1 August until 31 December I was on a long term medical sick-leave and TK Krankenkasse was paying for my social benefits.

    Can I use Steuer Erklrärung online Platform ( or any other online TAX support ) app in my situation? Will it be possible to declare two separate situation half year as full employed Str. Klasse I and then my unemployment benefits with TK Krankenkasse ?

    I am sure someone else already asked this question but I would be great full für your answer!

    Have a good weekend everyone

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 26/10/2019 at 09:06

      Hey Karolina. Yes, those situations are supported by online platforms.

  • Reply Mehdi 10/10/2019 at 17:05

    This is really helpful.
    I have a question that I was wondering if you could answer it. I was an employee for half a year in a university and for the rest of the year I got a scholarship. I was wondering how should I fill the forms in SteuerGo? Is there an option that I fill both for that particular year?

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 15/10/2019 at 15:42

      Hey Mehdi. You will be able to fill in both types of incomes yes.

  • Reply Siri Shankar 08/10/2019 at 11:50


    This was a great information to know.
    I am a Indian and have worked in Germany for two years (1 year as a student and another year a full time employment). I was heard that if i leave the country before 5 years from the time of Arrival, I will be getting back all the taxes paid. Hence i have not applied for any of the Tax refund.
    not sure whom to contact about this. should i get in touch with any of the TAX Consultant.
    Looking forward for some leads.

  • Reply Maria Zambrano 30/09/2019 at 23:07

    Hello Bastian,

    Again, thank you so much for your information and the answer to all the posts. It has helped me a lot. I have a question for you: my husband is in class 3 and I am in class 5. He had a job the full year 2018 but I only worked less than 4 months, therefore, I paid very little tax. Is it more likely that we will have to pay additional costs to the Finanzamt or that we will get a refund?


  • Reply She 28/09/2019 at 22:06


    Thank you for these great information!
    I just need to confirm. For the one you mentioned about paying 25€, should I pay this first then I will know the amount of my refund? Thank you!

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 29/09/2019 at 22:56

      Hey She. First, when you submit, which is after you know how much you get back.

      • Reply She 30/09/2019 at 08:55

        Oh thank you for your reply! Just another question, how can I submit also the other supporting docs or proofs like bank receipts/ OR. Can everything be done online, including submission of documents?

        • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 01/10/2019 at 15:14

          Hey She. Nowdays, you just submit those things on demand, when the Finanzamt requests it. Then, if needed, you can proceed via email.

          • She 01/10/2019 at 15:20

            Thank you so much!!

  • Reply Ahmed Abdelfattah 20/09/2019 at 09:15

    I work full time and my wife is on a DAAD scholarship. I understand she is exempt from Taxes so I applied to change from 4/4 to 3/5 as I thought from Finanzamt point of view she has no income. Am I correct? Will her scholarship salary be affected ?

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 23/09/2019 at 16:27

      Hey Ahmed. Well, she has income, but it’s not taxable.

  • Reply Patricia 19/09/2019 at 14:18

    Hi Bastien, thanks for the good work. Tax return is based on a formula income less expenses, that means if your income is like 3 times more of what you really spent, chances are you have to return a lot of money correct? If that´s the case, are you are how it works? Imagine income 10K, expenses 3k = 7k what I have to return should be a percentage of this 7k correct? Do you anything about it?

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 23/09/2019 at 16:25

      Hey Patricia. The unfortunate answer to this is: it depends. On your family situation, particular expenses, income sources, etc…

  • Reply Mara 16/09/2019 at 09:51

    I got my tax refund from outside the airport (in Marin plats munch) but I failed to stamp my receipts for final stamp. and my registered Credit card got stolen and now I don’t how to pay them the tax refund? what are the legal actions towards me of the failure of paying the tax?

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 17/09/2019 at 11:15

      Hey Mara. I don’t know, this post is about tax return for German residents.

  • Reply Praveen 13/09/2019 at 08:46

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    In Year 2018 I have worked in Germany for 3 months, My company said, I dont need to register in Rauth house as my stay is not more than 3 months. Hence I have not registered. During my tax returns, officer said, I have not registered my name in Rauth house. Later when we explained the situation to tax officer not mandatory rauth-house registration for less than 3 months stay in Germany. Officer saying i am not stayed more than 6 months hence no returns. Where as all my friends got returns in same situations. I request you to help. I am from India.

    • Reply Praveen 30/09/2019 at 11:33

      Can any one help me with my query?

  • Reply Paola 12/09/2019 at 19:29

    I have a student job in which I earn 433 a month, my only income. Do I need to pay taxes or do the tax declaration?

  • Reply Ann 10/09/2019 at 12:53

    Could anyone help me with this situation? My husband works full time and he has family health-insurance. He has tax claim refund every year. Now I am offered a mini job (<450€/month) without paying tax and no health-insurance covered. If I take the job, will my husband’s tax claim refund decrease?
    Thank you very much.

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 10/09/2019 at 21:01

      Hey Ann. I suggest you use a taxation simulator to figure this out.

  • Reply Tan 08/09/2019 at 22:00

    I have a problem to save proceed with the cost i want to submit for §35 for both 72 and 73.
    what should i name it for the Art der Aufwendungen?
    72. Heizkosten
    73. Handwerkerkosten
    what i should i put as both above seem error.
    thanks for helps.

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 10/09/2019 at 20:51

      Hey Tan. Which costs do you mean?

  • Reply Shishri Uppangala 05/09/2019 at 12:20

    thanks for a great article.
    If I want claim for 4 years tax return. How could I do it?
    Is it possible by Steurgo?

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 08/09/2019 at 15:42

      Hey there. yes it is.

  • Reply GIULIA MONTRESOR 03/09/2019 at 22:44

    Hello, I have a question, I have two contracts, with different Steuerklass numbers. Therefore I feel I cannot fill in one unique Steuerklarung form, but the one downloaded from elster, only has one page per year with the entry for one Steuererklarung only. Therefore, I dont find space for two separate declarations. How is that supposed to work? Thanks

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 08/09/2019 at 15:52

      Hey Giulia, is it because you have a Nebenjob or Minijob?

  • Reply EG 22/08/2019 at 15:59

    Hi and thank you for the great article! I have a question: I have lived in Germany since 2013, receiving a non-taxable Stipendium during my doctoral studies. Now I will start soon a real, full-time, contract job, with the taxes paid by my employer, obviously. Do I get to send a tax return form to claim my expenses for the last years? Do I have an option at all in that regard?

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 25/08/2019 at 13:52

      Hey EG. Yes, that is possible.

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