It’s that time of year when tax declarations have to be in. This can be a frustrating time of year for us foreigners as the German tax system is one of the most bureaucratic processes you’ll have to go through. Plus with all of the specialised language and maze of possibilities for claiming money back, you should really get help from someone who knows what they are doing.
For beginners though, here is a useful intro to the tax system from ‘How to Germany‘.
If, like me, you don’t have lots of financially competent German friends who could sort everything out for you, then a tax advisor is the way to go. I searched on Google first and found plenty of companies offering English speaking services for expats. But the moment I walked in the door of their shiny city centre offices I knew I was going to get fleeced (over-charged).
Luckily I had a reference for someone: http://www.sina-neumann.de. Frau Neumann is an independent tax advisor, particularly good for people with tax obligations in two countries due to a move, and is based near Friedbergerplatz in Bornheim. It’s two stops north of Konstablerwache by tram (Strassenbahn).
I’ve no financial interest in making a recommendation, but since it was such a relief to have someone explain everything in English and take away the stress without charging the earth, I thought I would pass on the good news! 🙂