Tax classes (Steuerklassen) in Germany

1st Dec 2021

Knowing your tax class is crucial when filing an income tax return. Your tax class greatly influences the size of your tax refund.

How do tax classes in Germany work?

Tax classes (Steuerklassen) determine the tax rate of income tax based on your marital status, your spouse's income and how many children you have. The amount of unemployment benefits and paid days off is determined by the tax class you are in.

Every employee has to disclose their situation with German authorities.

Tax brackets

Tax class Description
I Single, widowed, civil partnership, divorced, spouse living abroad or legally separated
II Single parents
III Recently widowed or married with a significantly larger income that the spouse (both working in Germany)
IV Married, both spouses have a similar income
V Married with a significantly smaller income than the spouse
VI Workers with multiple employments

What is the most common tax bracket for non-residents?

Most non-residents fall into the tax brackets I or II. If both spouses work in Germany, the tax bracket number IV can be used.

Have you worked in Germany?

We can assist you with filing your tax return helping you get some of your money back!

Knowing your tax class is crucial when filing an income tax return. Your tax class greatly influences the size of your tax refund.

How do tax classes in Germany work?

Tax classes (Steuerklassen) determine the tax rate of income tax based on your marital status, your spouse's income and how many children you have. The amount of unemployment benefits and paid days off is determined by the tax class you are in.

Every employee has to disclose their situation with German authorities.

Tax brackets

Tax class Description
I Single, widowed, civil partnership, divorced, spouse living abroad or legally separated
II Single parents
III Recently widowed or married with a significantly larger income that the spouse (both working in Germany)
IV Married, both spouses have a similar income
V Married with a significantly smaller income than the spouse
VI Workers with multiple employments

What is the most common tax bracket for non-residents?

Most non-residents fall into the tax brackets I or II. If both spouses work in Germany, the tax bracket number IV can be used.

Have you worked in Germany?

You can file your tax return in our simple app or we can assist you with filing your tax return helping you get some of your money back!

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