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Taxpayers who are obliged to file an assessment can still submit a tax return for 2020 until the end of July 2021.
In 2018, there were around 26.3 million taxpayers in Germany with unlimited tax liability who generated income exclusively from employment and possibly capital income.
14.3 million of these taxpayers had their income tax assessed. Of these, 12.6 million taxpayers received a tax refund.
This amounted to an average of 1,072 euros. Refunds of between 100 and 1,000 euros were particularly common (57%). For 8% of those affected, the refund was less than 100 euros. The tax offices refunded amounts in excess of 5,000 euros in 2% of cases.
1.5 million taxpayers had to make an additional payment to the tax office - the average amount was 1,152 euros. Like the refunds, the additional payments were particularly frequent in the range between 100 and 1,000 euros (55%). Smaller amounts of less than 100 euros had to be paid by 23% of taxpayers. By contrast, only 3% of taxpayers had to pay large sums in excess of EUR 5,000.
Use the tax refund calculator to find out how much tax return you can receive
|Tax Class →||1||2||3||4||5||6|
|Basic Allowance||9.984 €||9.984 €||19.968 €||9.984 €||No||No|
|Employee lump-sum||1.000 €||1.000 €||1.000 €||1.000 €||1.000 €||No|
|Standard special expenses lump-sum||36 €||36 €||36 €||36 €||36 €||No|
|Single parent relief amount||No||4.008 €||No||No||No||No|
|Child Allowance||8.388 €||8.388 €||8.388 €||4.194 €||No||No|
|Income Range for Singles||Income Range for Married||Tax Rate %|
|< 9.984 €||< 19.968 €||0%|
|9.985 - 58.596 €||19.989 - 117.192 €||14 to 42% *|
|58.597 - 277.825 €||117.193 - 555.650 €||42% *|
|Over 277.825 €||Over 555.650 €||45% *|
* Since Germany uses a Progressive Tax Rate, your income tax increases progressively with taxable income.
Written by Adithya Srinivasan
When you file a Tax Return or Tax Declaration, you have a chance of receiving a tax refund. This calculator aims to help you estimate what you may receive based on your situation. The Tax Office (Finanzamt) is responsible for handling your tax returns.