Tax scheme for highly skilled immigrants in Germany

Hello everyone,

Is there any special tax scheme (i.e. lower tax) for highly skilled immigrants (e.g. for a guy who can apply for EU Blue Card, earning say ~80K gross) in Germany?

For instance, the Netherlands has 30% of ruling and Belgium has "expat tax scheme" that can allow expat to pay less tax (and have more net income).

Many thanks

No, there is no such scheme in Germany.
You'd be taxed the same as any normal working local.

Nope, they get the advantage of preferential treatment for working visas. Why should they not pay their share of taxes? To attract skilled workers then companies need to offer high enough wages. That the government would give a tax break is a very bad economic idea.

Why would you think you would pay less taxes at your income?  Don't you know that only the wealthy pay less taxes Worldwide?

Hallo Leute!

Any tax advisor services to recommend to?

Vielen Dank

Luis_garrido :

Any tax advisor services to recommend to?

It depends on where you are (which city). You shopuld look fo a tax consultant ("Steuerberater") near you!

see below

Luis_garrido :

Hallo Leute!

Any tax advisor services to recommend to?

Vielen Dank

This is rather off subject to the original post. This is also a subject well covered by previous threads. Like Beppi mentioned you need to find an advisor where you live. Your profile shows you intend to live in Stuttgart but are still in the US – or has your status changed?

A note to all Americans is that you’ll have to file annually to the US plus report overseas financial holdings in addition to your German taxes. It is imperative you inform yourself of the rules and if you cannot do it yourself to have a US based advisor as it’s doubtful German tax advisors will know the details of doing US taxes other than to inform you of your obligation to do so. I am posting a link to a thread where I have discussed such obligations for Americans and also a link to the IRS publication 54 that covers most of the subject of filing for American persons overseas.

As far as the German requirements, if you are self-employed then you will need an advisor for the beginning. If you are employed and receiving a salary there are also clubs that assist one in filling out the forms. The German term is Lohnsteuerhilfeverein.  For many, this is adequate and much cheaper than having a tax advisor prepare your forms.


http://www.expat.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=637230

https://www.irs.gov/publications/p54

Thanks! Have a good one!!

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