Expenses from Your Profession

Income-related expenses (Werbungskosten) are legally defined as “expenses for acquiring, securing and maintaining income” (§ 9 EStG) and these professional expenses can be deducted on your tax return. These can include commuting costs, business trip expenses, training/education, professional attire costs, or occupational insurance.

A lump sum of 1,000 euros is automatically observed by the tax office (Finanzamt) on your tax return for income-related expenses with no proof required. If you’d like to deduct more than 1,000 euros, you must provide proof for the additional expenses.

Tax Returns for Employees: Deductible Expenses

Tax Returns for Employees: Deductible Expenses

Claiming Job Application Costs on Your Tax Return

Claiming Job Application Costs on Your Tax Return

Deduct business trips & travel costs from your taxes

Deduct business trips & travel costs from your taxes

Deduct Your Computer & Receive Tax Savings

Deduct Your Computer & Receive Tax Savings

Claim Costs for Further Education on Your Tax Return

Claim Costs for Further Education on Your Tax Return

Income-Related Expenses (Werbungskosten)

Income-Related Expenses (Werbungskosten)

How Your Work Room at Home Pays Off

How Your Work Room at Home Pays Off

Home Office during the Corona Pandemic

Home Office during the Corona Pandemic

Do Tips Have to Be Taxed? (Trinkgeld versteuern)

Do Tips Have to Be Taxed? (Trinkgeld versteuern)

Request for simple change: When Mistakes are on Your Tax Return

Request for simple change: When Mistakes are on Your Tax Return

How do I deduct my moving costs from my taxes? (Umzugskosten)

How do I deduct my moving costs from my taxes? (Umzugskosten)

Business trips: This is how to claim back your meals as a per diem expense (Verpflegungsmehraufwand)

Business trips: This is how to claim back your meals as a per diem expense (Verpflegungsmehraufwand)

Deducting telephone and internet costs from your taxes (Telefon- und Internetkosten)

Deducting telephone and internet costs from your taxes (Telefon- und Internetkosten)

Einkommensteuervorauszahlung: All You Need to Know

Einkommensteuervorauszahlung: All You Need to Know

How to Retrieve Travel Expenses from your Tax Bill (Entfernungspauschale)

How to Retrieve Travel Expenses from your Tax Bill (Entfernungspauschale)

How to Deduct Bahncard from Tax with Travel Expenses

How to Deduct Bahncard from Tax with Travel Expenses

Deduct Your Work Clothes? (Arbeitskleidung)

Deduct Your Work Clothes? (Arbeitskleidung)

Midijob: Increasing the income-related sliding pay-scale to 1,300 Euros from 2019

Midijob: Increasing the income-related sliding pay-scale to 1,300 Euros from 2019

How Are Traders Taxed? (Besteuerung Gewerbetreibende)

How Are Traders Taxed? (Besteuerung Gewerbetreibende)

What can self-employed and freelancers deduct from their taxes?

What can self-employed and freelancers deduct from their taxes?

Foreign income: How is this taxed in Germany? (Ausländische Einkünfte)

Foreign income: How is this taxed in Germany? (Ausländische Einkünfte)

How Are Minijobs Taxed? (Besteuerung Minijobs)

How Are Minijobs Taxed? (Besteuerung Minijobs)

Deduct work materials as income-related expenses from your taxes (Arbeitsmittel)

Deduct work materials as income-related expenses from your taxes (Arbeitsmittel)

What is considered maintenance of two households? (Doppelte Haushaltsführung)

What is considered maintenance of two households? (Doppelte Haushaltsführung)

Everything you ever wanted to know about marginal employment (Geringfügige Beschäftigung)

Everything you ever wanted to know about marginal employment (Geringfügige Beschäftigung)