IN FOCUS / 2015-03-23
Tax declaration: average refund of 873 euros
Taxpayers liable to submit a tax declaration to the local tax office for the previous year have to do so by 31 May. In 2010, there were roughly 13.1 million taxpayers subject to unlimited tax liability in Germany who had income from dependent employment and possibly from capital.
11.4 million of these taxpayers received a refund in the context of income tax assessment. The average refund was 873 euros. The amount refunded was most often between 100 and 1,000 euros (62%). For roughly 10% 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.
1,4 million taxpayers had to make additional payments to the local tax office, the average amount being 897 euros. Just like the tax refunds, the additional payments of taxes were most often between 100 and 1,000 euros (62%). 20% of the taxpayers had to pay small amounts of less than 100 euros. Only 2% of the taxpayers were affected by large amounts of over 5,000 euros.