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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 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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    straight forward and very efficent service

    12 March 2018

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    Easy and very efficient. I went to ask about the status of my refund (Tax and superannuation) on the live chat many times and people were extremely quick, efficient and nice.They were always sending me updateds about everything. Reminding me about forgotten documents, answering to every of my question and quickly replying to my emails. So much patience and help. The process went smoothly.

    09 March 2018

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    It was great to get my tax return alot of people don't realise that they could get money back I'm so glad I did

    08 March 2018

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    The service was great overall. All of the agents who contacted me were really helpful. Thanks to Ceylan, Emel and Aleksandr for their good manners and helpful approach.

    05 March 2018

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    If you need any help be it by email or phone always got a rely.

    01 March 2018

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    Big thanks to Shane Finn to called me anytime I had questions and was very helpful

    01 March 2018

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    Very responsive to my emails and questions. My online tracker login never worked, however, I never needed to use it. Good value for money and happy with the service. I did have a lot of forms to fill out but work it in the end when you get your money back

    28 February 2018

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    its friendly and fast

    27 February 2018

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    Helpful...profesional..and vrey friendly

    27 February 2018

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    My agent, Romulo Albares, was very patient and professional throughout the whole process. I'm not a tax expert and I had already come back to Brazil after living in the US for a year, so getting straight with the IRS was a big concern of mine. On top of getting straight with the IRS, so I don't have problems with the US Government, I got a good tax return money, which is very nice.

    26 February 2018

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    Friendly people dealing with my refund.

    24 February 2018

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    I really liked the service. Good job guys!

    23 February 2018

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