Updated : 12/2012
What's left of your gross income in Germany after deduction of taxes?
Income tax is progressive — the more you earn, the higher your rate. The tax rate varies from 14% to 45%. 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 .
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.
You must make quarterly advance payments (based on your return for the previous year) to offset your expected final tax liability.
If you've just started a new business, you will have to provide the tax office with a forecast of your earnings. On the basis of that, they will caclulate the size of the advance payments you have to make.
In either case, you must file a return with the relevant tax office by the end of May of the following year.
Check also what your EU rights are.
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