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How much can I earn without having to pay income tax?

There is no income tax liability if your taxable income does not exceed the basic tax-free amount. The basic tax-free amount is €10,347 for single taxpayers in 2022. For married couples/life partners assessed jointly, the basic tax-free amount doubles to €20,694. If your income exceeds the basic tax-free amount, the incurrence of an income tax liability depends on the type of income received in the specific individual case. For example, every employee is entitled to a lump-sum employee allowance of €1,200 (until 2021: €1,000).

You can determine your expected income tax using the wage and income tax calculator of the Federal Ministry of Finance.


You can also find more information in the "Tax tips for families".


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