Convenient German Tax Advice for English Speaking Expats

Thomas Zitzelsberger, Steuerberater
Founder and owner of EXPATTAX
I will never forget the feeling when I had to file my own first tax return as an expat.

I had no idea of how to deal with my US taxes, watch deadlines, avoid penalties, use double tax treaties and minimize my tax bill. At that point I already had 8 solid years of English language and a German  accounting degree under my belt.

The idea for EXPATTAX was born.

After 20 years of assisting expats in Germany, I know how to guarantee the comfort of “all is under control”, how to get the best possible tax result and how to avoid unpleasant trouble with the tax office.

This is my focus, this is the wealth of our experience, this is what we do.

Expert Tax Advice For Individuals

We focus on providing expats with the optimal solutions to their personal employee and freelance tax questions. You are assigned a personal EXPATTAX consultant who discusses your tax situation in fluent English.  Our service comes with a “Yes, we can” and “no problem” attitude that allows us to conveniently provide you with the best possible tax result. All interaction occurs remotely so we can work with you efficiently anywhere in the world.


Does your German tax return include international complexities? Great! This creates a fantastic opportunity to claim additional expenses and deductions. We search for the approaches that deliver the best result while leveraging International Tax Treaties to avoid double taxation!


You have a freelance contract in Germany? We find the best possible setup and ensure that all tracking and reporting occurs smoothly in the background freeing you to focus on the important stuff! Our freelance clients often say: “That was much easier than I thought!“

Your Personal Tax Advisors

When you call your personal EXPATTAX consultant on their direct line, we do not identify you with a “client ID” or a “password” –  we know your name, your story, and where you stand.  Our office matches our clients with a tight team of knowledgeable specialist accountants. We do not accept large corporate clients that might take our priorities away from serving you.

Get Setup Properly

We take the pain out of registering and make the setup process quick and easy. Getting the process correct from the start gives you flexibility down the road and helps you avoid fixing and amending things later on. Let us set you up properly before the tax office upsets you!

File Your Taxes

Filing your annual return should not be stressful. Allow us to be the buffer between you and the unpleasant bureaucracy. We can even automatically receive your tax mail. This allows us to analyze the situation and contact you with a plan to make the pain go away.

Let's Talk

Skip the endless checklists and reach out to us by phone, video, or conference call. We deliver personal attention remotely to wherever you are in the world. We listen to you, understand your situation, empower you to make informed decisions and discuss the best outcome.

Tel. +49 (0)89 92 13 13 960 |

Your Guide to the German Tax System

We offer a number of resources to help you understand the German tax system. View our most recent blog posts to keep informed on the latest tax news.

German Wage Tax Calculator

This program is a German Wage Tax Calculator for singles as well as married couples for the years 2010 until 2018. Note: This Wage Tax Calculator is best suited if you receive a salary only as an employee on a German payroll. If you only have income as self employed, from a trade or from…

German Income Tax Calculator

This program is a German Income Tax Calculator for singles as well as married couples for the years 1999 until 2018. Note: This Income Tax Calculator is best suited if you only have income as self employed, from a trade or from a rental property. If you receive a salary only as an employee…

Foreign Income

Is Foreign Income Taxed in Germany? If you live and work in Germany you are usually taxable in Germany on your foreign income worldwide. All your income needs to be reported to the German authorities.  If you have income outside of Germany the Double Taxation Treaty between Germany and the country where your income comes from…

How the New US Tax Plan Impacts You

On December 20th, 2017, the United States Congress approved sweeping new changes to the US Tax Code. While many of the changes impact taxes for the 2018-2019 tax filing season, there are a number of changes that take effect immediately. As an expat, understanding these upcoming changes is the key to help you better manage…

Read more news and tax advice on our blog

Our Team Is Here to Help

We will use our combined years of experience to guide you through any aspect of the German tax code.

All information shared with us is classed as 100% privileged.

By our professional standards, as well as data protection laws, we are not allowed to share any of your information with any third party.

This includes of course the tax authorities!