Updated : 12/2012
What's left of your gross income in Germany after deduction of taxes and social security contributions?
Income tax is progressive — the more you earn, the higher your rate. For individuals, the 2011 tax rate varies between 14% and 45%.
If you are member of a religious community which collects church tax, the rate is 8% in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, 9% in other Länder.
There is also a solidarity levy (Solidaritätszuschlag), equivalent to 5.5% of your income tax.
Take into account any:
You must make quarterly advance payments (based on your return for the previous year) to offset your expected final tax liability.
Started a new business? You must calculate the amount of the advance payments yourself.
In either case, you must file a return by the end of May of the following year.
Your Deutsch(in German) will provide information on your rights and obligations. Detailed advice can be obtained from tax consultants or solicitors, who can also represent you.
You may challenge any decision on taxation at the local Deutsch(in German), and subsequently, if need be, take your complaint to the tax tribunal (Finanzgericht). You have 1 month to challenge a decision.
Check also what your EU rights are.
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