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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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SCIENTISTS AND RESEARCHERS (WISSENSCHAFTLICHE MITARBEITER)

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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 12 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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    My contract and work permit ended in mid 2021, i had the pleasure in having my case handled by taxback professional representative Nina Velikova. Since my case was little complicated Nina took the extra mile in contacting me via phone to assist me in fully understanding my case and how we can execute it in the best way for my maximum benefit. Thanks to Nina and taxback team.

    13 September 2021

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    The attention I received was excellent! Thank you so much for your time.

    03 September 2021

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    My experience was very good. I received a response to my queries in a effective way.

    02 September 2021

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    Good and affordable service Good and affordable service. With their help, I was able to file late returns in Canada and New Zealand, which included complicated double-taxation issues. I especially appreciated their willingness to communicate regularly with me via email. Thank you.

    28 August 2021

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    Great support and diligent workers! Its been almost 5 years since i've been to the US and i totally forgot that i requested for a tax refund. However, the team at taxback surely are very diligent in their work as they were still able to still track me down so i'll be able to receive my hard earned money. Thank you taxback!

    20 August 2021

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    05 August 2021

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    02 August 2021

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    Easy and fast handling of my tax refund.

    29 July 2021

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    To get best tax refund use taxback.com Good customer service its faster and the tax refund i got this year was much better than what I got in past 10 years

    24 July 2021

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    No hassle. Fast and easy transaction. Very good service.

    09 July 2021

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    Was contacted by Lidia from tax back to say i could be entitled to a tax rebate. Excellent service and very clear instruction on what i needed to do. Will definitely use this service again. Thank you so much to you and your team.

    02 July 2021

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    Great experience! At the start I was scared, because I did it for the first time something like that. Then I get a call and all was started and now received my tax back faster as told. Awesome! Thanks taxback.com

    01 July 2021

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