Updated : 12/2012
What's left of your gross income in Germany after deduction of taxes?
For assessment years 2010, 2011and 2012, the tax free allowance for employees is €8 004. For 2013, the tax free allowance will be increased to €8 130, and to €8 3534 in 2014.
For income above this amount, tax rates start at 14%, with a maximum rate of 45% for high earners.
There is also a solidarity levy (Solidaritätszuschlag), equivalent to 5.5% of your income tax.
You must also pay church tax if you're affiliated to a religious community that charges it. Church tax is based on your income tax bill – 8% of your income tax in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, 9% in other parts of Germany.
Various deductions are allowed that may reduce the amount of tax you pay on your salary.
Your employer will deduct the amount of tax due from your salary.You can get an idea of how much tax you will have to pay on your wages from the German Finance Ministry's – interactive wage and income tax calculator
Your employer will also deduct your contributions to statutory social insurance schemes – pension, care, unemployment and healthcare insurance – direct from your wages.
Salary your only source of income? — You do not have to file an annual tax return.
Want to file a return to benefit from specific tax allowances? — Send the return to the relevant tax office before the end of May of the following year.
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