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What do I have to do in order to obtain an extension of the deadline for submitting an advance VAT return?
What requirements does the tax office impose on an application for binding information pursuant to Section 89 (2) of the German Fiscal Code (Abgabenordnung)?
Which tax authority is responsible for issuing binding information in accordance with Section 89(2) of the German Fiscal Code (Abgabenordnung)?
Which receipts for income-related expenses, special expenses and extraordinary expenses do I have to submit when filing my income tax return?
Do alimony payments / child-raising allowance / parental allowance / unemployment benefit / sickness benefit also count as income?
To what extent can I claim expenses for household-related employment relationships and services?
What is the difference between employment relationships and services?
What is the difference between employment relationships and services?
I have donated about €100 through offerings and street collections. Is this amount deductible as a donation?
I am severely disabled and need expensive medication, some of which I have to pay for myself. Are these self-paid costs covered by the disability allowance?
My trailer was destroyed in a storm. I do not have comprehensive insurance. Can I claim the damage on my tax return?
Father or mother are placed in a nursing home. Can I claim the costs for the nursing home that I have partially covered in my income tax return?
My tax office has asked me to submit both the invoice and the bank statement with the transfer for the household-related service. Is not the invoice sufficient?
My income tax assessment explains that in future I will have to provide evidence of my professional telephone costs over a period of three months if I want to deduct more than 20% of the total telephone costs as income-related expenses. Is this correct and what kind of evidence should I provide?
As an insurance agent, I am in the field every day. My home office is the centre of my professional activity. Nevertheless, the expenses were reduced to € 1,250. Is this correct?
I have hired a company in 2020 for the garden maintenance of the house I use myself. Do these costs belong to the expenses for household-related services? How much will they be taken into account?
I had my house renovated in the spring of 2017 (bathroom re-tiled, heating replaced, new stairs installed etc). I read in the newspaper that you can claim the costs against tax. Is this true?
I live in a rented house. Can I still claim tax relief for household-related employment, for example if I have someone help me clean?
I own a holiday apartment on Mallorca. Can I claim the expenses for the caretaker service, which only takes care of mowing the lawn and watering the flowers during my absence, as expenses for a household-related service?
I had a janitorial service repaint a room in my own apartment. The janitorial service charged me €75 for their work and €50 for the paint and materials. What can I claim?
I have hired a janitorial service to mow my lawn. The payment is always made in cash. How can I prove the payments to the tax office so that my expenses for the household-related services can be taken into account?
I had a service provider invoice me for "janitorial services" for lawn mowing and weed removal. Is that enough, along with the remittance slip, to get the tax break?
I am the owner of a condominium which I occupy myself together with my wife. In the annual statement for 2017, the property manager of the condominium reported costs for craftsmen's services, among other things, as follows: Window repair in the stairwell: total amount € 645.11, labour costs € 312.27, your share (177/1000) = € 55.27. Can I claim the costs against tax?
To what extent can I take expenses for my PC, which I also use for work, into account as income-related expenses?
I would like to employ a cleaner in my private household. Where and how do I have to register them (mini-job or electronic wage tax deduction characteristics "ELStAM")? How much tax do I have to pay?
I drive 40 kilometers a day to my first place of work (there and back). However, the tax office only accepts the one-way distance, i.e. 20 kilometers. Why?
I drive 95 kilometres a day to my place of work. My tax office is now asking me to provide proof of my annual mileage. Do I have to comply with this request?
What requirements must be met for my "household-related employment", "household-related services" and "craftsmen's services" to be taken into account for tax purposes?
What is meant by "household-related employment", "household-related services" and "craftsmen's services" and how are they to be taken into account for tax purposes at
What tax relief is available for architectural and cultural monuments as well as for buildings in redevelopment areas and in urban development areas?
Under what conditions can I receive child benefit or child allowance for a child over the age of 18?
What options are there for non-marital cohabiting couples when it comes to the assignment of children?
When is the tax allowance for the care and upbringing or education of children (care allowance) available?
What changes have occurred in income and wage tax since 01.01.2005 as a result of the "Retirement Income Act"?
Baden-Württemberg How are pensions from the Federal and State Government Employees' Retirement Fund (Versorgungsanstalt des Bundes und der Länder - VBL) or the Supplementary Pension Fund of the Association of German Municipalities (Zusatzversorgungskasse des Kommunalenverbandes - ZVK-KVBW) treated for tax purposes in the case of former public sector employees?
Capital gains tax (Abgeltungsteuer) has been withheld from my investment income. Can I achieve a reduction in the final withholding tax if I only have low other income?
Why are taxes again levied on interest from a savings balance that was formed from income that has already been taxed?
How can I get back withheld capital gains tax (final withholding tax) if I do not file an income tax return and do not have to pay income tax?
Are there special forms on the Internet for "cross-border commuters" from / to France and from / to Switzerland?
I would like to have an allowance created in the ELStAM that can be called up for me. What do I have to do?
What is an "application for wage tax reduction under the simplified procedure" and when can it be submitted?
At my request, the tax office created child allowances as ELStAM for my two children over the age of 18 because of their professional training. However, the withheld income tax is still the same as before. Only the church tax and the solidarity surcharge have decreased. Why?
What is the tax effect of the number of children in the formation as ELStAM(electronic income tax deduction feature)?
What effect does the choice of tax bracket for working spouses/life partners have on certain benefits?
Do I have to have my electronic income tax deduction characteristics (ELStAM) changed after a separation in 2023?
How is a child taken into account in the ELStAM(Elektronische LohnSteuerAbzugsMerkmale) after birth?
What is a VAT identification number (USt-IdNr.) required for? How do I obtain this? What special features do I need to be aware of?
What are the deadlines for submitting the advance VAT return and the annual VAT return? What needs to be considered when submitting the return electronically?
I cannot pay my tax debts on time and would like to apply for a deferral. What do I have to pay attention to in detail?
I am moving my business to the area of another tax office. When will the new tax office be responsible for me?
In the case of single persons, is the tax office of the 1st domicile always responsible or can the office in whose district one predominantly resides also be responsible?
Which tax office is locally responsible for the income tax assessment, especially in case of change of residence and several residences?
Where can I find information on the implementation of the data protection regulations (DSGVO) in the tax administration?
Where should the sales at 16% or 5% be reported in the advance VAT return and the annual VAT return?
What regulations apply to the supply of electricity, gas, water, cooling and heating as well as wastewater disposal?