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If you're a sailor on a German ship, you may be eligible to claim a German tax refund

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Tax Refund for Sailors on German Registered Ships

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People sailing on vessels bearing the German flag are usually taxed as single tax payers even though they may have family in their home country. If you’re sailing on a German-registered ship we can review your tax circumstances and check if you are due a German tax refund.

If you’re not being taxed correctly and you’re an EU / EEA Resident, we can amend how you are taxed and apply for a higher tax-free allowance when we submit your annual tax return.

Furthermore, we can claim a food and beverage allowance of €24 per day for all the days you have sailed under German flag. Expenses for professional education and renewal of sailing related certificates can also be claimed so it’s well worth checking what you’re owed.

Sailors on German ships may also be able to claim a food and beverage allowance

If you apply for a tax refund with taxback.com and you’re a sailor on a German-registered ship, we will look at your individual circumstances to make sure you get everything you are owed. The food and beverage allowance can be as much as €24 per day so it’s well worth checking what you can get back. We will provide a free German tax refund estimation so talk to us today.
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Useful German Tax Facts

  • The German tax year runs from 1st January – 31st December
  • The amount of your refund will depend on how many days you’ve spent sailing on a German-registered ship
  • The average tax refund for German sailors is €2750
  • If you have additional sources of income other than through your German sailing income, this needs to be declared on an annual basis

It's free to get a German tax refund estimation

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Our German tax refund calculator is free to use so you can find out what you are owed and then decide whether or not to proceed. The German tax calculator will give you an estimation but once you apply for a tax refund, we will look at additional circumstances to see how we can maximise your refund. Start today for free!

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