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If you're working as a scientist or researcher in Germany, you may be able to claim a German tax refund

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German Tax Refund Application

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SCIENTISTS AND RESEARCHERS (WISSENSCHAFTLICHE MITARBEITER)

Scientists and Researchers tax refunds from Germany icon

We provide refund claim services for people working as in the science industry in Germany either as scientists or researchers (wissenschaftliche mitarbeiter). Depending on the type of contract you are on, you may be classified either as an employee or self-employed.

Self-employed workers don’t have income tax deducted from their income and are subsequently obliged to file a tax return by 31st May during the following year.

We can help you claim back any overpaid taxes and ensure that you are compliant and have met your filing responsibilities as a self employed scientist. If you’re an employee, we can make sure that you haven’t paid too much income tax.

Our service for scientists also includes a review of any work-related expenses that may be used to help reduce your overall tax liability for the year including:

  • Travel to work expenses
  • Textbook costs
  • Tuition fees and fees for courses taken to get or improve skills in an occupation
  • Administration and enrolment fees

We also provide German Pension Refunds

If you're a resident of a non-European Union country and have worked in Germany, you may have paid into a pension fund. Pension Insurance Contributions, which are referred to as ‘Rentenversicherung’ in Germany, are typically around 9.75% of your salary. Once you have left Germany for at least two years, we can apply to get your pension payments refunded. Find out more about German pension refunds here.
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Useful German Scientists Facts

  • The tax year in Germany is from January 1st to December 31st.
  • If you are self-employed you can claim back work-related expenses
  • To claim back your expenses we'll need your receipts and records of your income and expenditure
  • To claim your German tax refund we'll need your Lohnsteuerbescheinigung which is the official government form that you receive from your employer at the end of the tax year

We provide tax refunds from 13 different countries

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Germany isn’t the only country we have a tax refund service for. We provide tax refunds for 16 countries worldwide. Our European tax refund countries include Belgium, Holland, Ireland and Norway. Further afield, we provide tax refunds for the US, Australia, Canada and the UK. If you’ve ever worked anywhere apart from Germany, let us know. The more tax refunds you can apply for, the more money you could get back. Find out more here.

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