Die Einkommensteuer

Einkommensteuer is a form of tax that is paid on income in Germany.

One of the main forms is Lohnsteuer which is taken directly out of your wages, but other forms of income such as dividends, rent, interest and some pensions are also taxed in this way.

There is a Freibetrag which is the amount you can earn without paying tax on it. How much this is depends on your tax class.

To hear a simple explanation and a short discussion in German, listen to the podcast:

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Disclaimer: this podcast is a simple explanation for non-native speakers. For tax advice, please contact a Steuerberater.


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About Graham

Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.


  1. newstube.de says:

    Die Einkommensteuer

    Was ist “Einkommenssteuer” – das will diesen Podcast auf einfacher Art für Ausländer erklären.

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