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Tax refund from Germany

Who can expect the tax refund?

If You have worked and paid (or still working and paying) income taxes in Germany during the last 4 years, you can register for a tax refund.

 

Your frequently asked questions about tax refund from Germany

 

1. Use the calculator to find out the refundable amount.

2. Fill in the registration form and attach required documents to begin the process of tax refund.

3. Completed registration form and required documents should be sent by registered mail to this address:

“Tax Back Solution” Vytauto ave. 27- 324, Kaunas LT-44352 Lithuania

OR You can come to the nearest representative office.

4. As soon as the documents are received, You will be informed about it and then the tax refund process will be started.

5. German tax authority (“Finanzamt”) will pay the tax refund to “Tax Back Solution”.

6. After we receive the tax refund, we deduct the service fee and then transfer of sum to Your bank account.

  • The copy of Your passport / ID;
  • Documents about Your income:
    Form LOHNSTEUERBESCHEINIGUNG” from all employers;
    THE LAST PAYSLIPS from all employments, if You do not have form „Lohnsteuerbescheinigung“;
    CERTIFICATE from Your Home country Tax Inspectorate about Your income and taxes paid in Your Home country or certificate ES/EEE (download).

NOTE:
Certificate ES/EEE should be printed and You shoud bring it to Your Home country Tax Inspectorate to fill it in. If tax refund process is started for several years the certificate ES/EEE is required for each year separately. The certificte has to be signed where necessary and also stamped by Tax Inspectorate employee.

You do not have all the necessary documents? Please, do not hesitate and contact us, we will be happy to help or we can get the required documents by ourselves (additional fee* is applied).

*12 EUR for each form Lohnsteuerbescheinigung founded.

It takes about 3 to 6 months after You provide all the necessary the information  and documents to “Tax Back Solution”.

NOTE: 
the duration of the process mentioned above is indicative, i. e. it is the most common period in practice. It may not be the same to Your situation because it depends on work rate of foreign institutions and Your provided documents. Every case is unique.

10 % from the overpayment but not less than 45 EUR for every tax year.
* Additional fee – 12 EUR for every document.
20% discount for students who have a valid student ID.

 No tax refund – no service fee.

You pay for service only if the process is successful. There is no prepayment fee.

Who can apply for the  Kindergeld (child benefit) in Germany?

If You are a citizen of EU and work in Germany but Your family (child/children) lives in the homeland, You can apply for the child benefit (“Kindergeld”).

KINDERGELD - You can receive child benefit since the child‘s /children‘s birth date or the date You came to Germany with You child/children, or since the date You started working in Germany.

Child benefit are paid for children under the age of 18. You can also get child benefit if your child is studying and is not working until he / she reaches the age of 25. If child is registered in labor exchange (and is under age of 21) – he/she also is eligible for child benefit. The amount of child benefit is from 204 eur / per month.

Child benefit (“Kindergeld”) is granted for the previous 6 months since applications was sent to Germany FAMILIENKASSE institution.

Service fee – 120 EUR if applications are sent for one child. If applications are sent for several children, the service fee is EUR 90 for each additional child.

Process duration – it usually takes from 6 to 12 months since applications  was sent to Germany FAMILIENKASSE institution. 

 

No child benefit – no service fee.

You pay for service only if the process is successful! There is no prepayment fee.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (Click here)

 

How to get forms E104/E106:

  1. fill in the registration form (link to E104; link to E106),
  2. attach required documents:
  • The copy of Your passport / ID;
  • The last payslip.
    1. Completed registration form and required documents should be sent by registered mailto this address:

    “Tax Back Solution”, Vytauto ave. 27-324, Kaunas LT-44352, Lithuania

OR You can come to the nearest representative office.

  1. As soon as the documents are prepared and sent, You will be informed about it by e-mail.
  2. German institution sends the form to “Tax Back Solution” and as soon as we receive it, we will share it with You.

Service fee – 50 Eur for every form.

You pay for service only if the process is successful. There is no prepayment fee.

Holiday pay from SOKA – BAU refund

Required documents:

  • The letter from SOKA – BAU (there is all the necessary information in the letter about Your Holiday Pay amount from Germany).
  • The copy of Your passport / ID;

Process duration – it usually takes 2 months since all the necessary documents was sent to SOKA – BAU.

Service fee – 10% from the overpayment but not less than 45 EUR.

 

You pay for service only if the process is successful! There is no prepayment fee.

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If you want a refund for free, you can find more information about free tax refunds on the official website of the tax inspectorate: www.steuerliches-info-center.de

 
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