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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…

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What is the Capital Gains Tax Rate in Germany?

There is no separate tax on capital gains. Capital gains are subject to income tax as regular income however: there is no capital gains tax on a property used as a private home there is no capital gains tax on a  property held for more than 10 years capital gains on shares are taxed at a…

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How to Avoid Double Taxation

Germany has concluded Double Taxation Agreements with most countries around the world (www.bundesfinanzministerium.de ). These Double Taxation Agreements determine which country has the right to levy tax on your income. These are the rules to  make sure you are not taxed twice on the same income by providing a system of tax exemptions or tax credits…

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When Are Taxes Payable in Germany?

Income tax is paid by employees on a monthly basis at the source through a withholding mechanism. Self employed individuals need to make a projection of their income for the tax year. Based on this projected figure, the tax office will work out a preliminary tax bill. This tax bill is then paid in four…

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How Does Marriage Affect Taxes in Germany for Expats? Tax Classes

In most cases getting married is relevant for tax purposes. Married couples can file a joint income tax return (they can also opt to file separate returns and they can exercise this option from year to year). If one spouse is on a higher level of income than the other spouse it is beneficial to…

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When Are Tax Returns Due?

An income tax return has to be filed by May 31st (for 2018: July 31st) for the previous year. It is possible to file for extensions. If you work with an accountant you will automatically get an extension until the end of December (for 2018: until the end of February of the following year). If…

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