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Taxes and income

In FOCUS / 2019-01-08

Tax declaration: average refund of 974 euros

There is still time until 31 July - but many taxpayers prefer doing their income tax declaration early in the year.

In 2014, there were roughly 24.1 million taxpayers in Germany who were subject to unlimited tax liability and received income exclusively from dependent employment and possibly from capital.

13.3 million of these taxpayers were assessed for income tax; 11.6 million of them received a tax refund.The average refund was 974 euros. Very often, the amount refunded was between 100 and 1,000 euros (59%). For 9% of those concerned, the refund was less than 100 euros. In 1% of the cases, the local tax offices refunded amounts of over 5,000 euros.

1.5 million taxpayers had to make additional payments to the local tax office, with the average amount being 10,020 euros. Just like the tax refunds, the additional payments of taxes were most often between 100 and 1,000 euros (55%). 25% of the taxpayers had to pay small amounts of less than 100 euros. Only 3% of the taxpayers were affected by large amounts of over 5,000 euros.


Detailed information and tables of annual (only in German) and triennal (only in German) wage and income tax statistics are offered by our publication service as free downloads. You will find data record descriptions for scientific investigations on the website of the research data centre (only in German). A 1% sample survey (campus file, only in German) with anonymised basic data of income tax statistics is available for download free of charge.

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Key figures

Public finance in billion Euro
ExpenditureQ III/ 20181.044,0
RevenueQ III/ 20181.076,1
Financial balanceQ III/ 201832.1
DebtQ III/ 20181,929.8
Tax revenueQ III/ 2018189.0
Joint taxesQ III/ 2018137.3
Federal taxesQ III/ 201826.4
Land and municipal taxesQ III/ 201823.9

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