Did you move to Germany from abroad during the year or did you take a new job abroad and leave Germany? Then you can do your tax return with Taxfix. However, some conditions apply. We explain what you need to watch out for
If you're not sure whether your tax situation is covered by our app, that's no problem at all. Simply start your tax return with Taxfix - our app will recognise whether it can support you or not based on the information you provide. Registration is free of charge and without obligation.
What are the requirements for using Taxfix as an expat or relocator?
Whether or not your tax case is covered by our app depends on the type or duration of your residence and the type of foreign income and the period you received it. What is relevant here is whether or not you are covered by a double taxation agreement (Doppelbesteuerungsabkommen - DBA). Unfortunately, Taxfix cannot support cases of double taxation agreements. Don't worry - our app will check this for you!
As a relocator, you can use Taxfix under the following conditions:
- You lived in Germany for part of the year
- You did not have two residences available to you in Germany and abroad at the same time during the tax year. If you had unlimited access to two residences in Germany and abroad throughout the year and owned a key, for example, or if you were registered in both places, Taxfix cannot map your tax case. If, on the other hand, there is a real "cut" between your domestic and foreign residence, you can use Taxfix.
You had income from abroad? Here it is relevant whether you received the income during your time abroad or in Germany.
Your income from abroad during your time abroad
For the part of the year in which you lived abroad, Taxfix can help you with all types of income from abroad. This includes salary, capital gains and other income such as rental income.
💡 This foreign income is not taxable itself, but it increases your tax rate in Germany. Detailed information on the taxation of foreign income can be found here.
Your income from abroad during your time in Germany
For the time of your stay in Germany, things look a little different. If you had income from abroad while you were living in Germany, our app can help you with the following income:
- You received "delayed" wages for an earlier job abroad. This can be, for example, subsequent payments or bonus payments
- You have received wages from a foreign employer for an activity that you performed exclusively in Germany
- You have received income from renting or leasing properties located within the EU or the EEA (excluding Spain)
- You have received income from an agricultural or forestry business located within the EU or the EEA (excluding Spain)
- You have received interest or dividends on foreign accounts
💡 Detailed information on whether and how this foreign income is taxed in Germany can be found here.
However, we cannot map the following cases:
- You have rental or leasing income from a property outside the EU or EEA (or in Spain)
- You have income from agriculture and forestry, whereby the business is located outside the EU or EEA (or in Spain)
- You have received wages from a foreign employer for an activity which was carried out abroad while you were resident in Germany
- You received capital gains on foreign accounts that were not interest or dividends
- You have received a foreign pension
- You sold property abroad
- You had any other foreign income
💡 By the way, these cases also apply if you lived exclusively in Germany in the tax year and not abroad at all, but still had foreign income.