What is the income tax (Einkommensteuer) in Germany?

Income tax (Einkommensteuer) is the percentage of your income that goes to the German tax office (Finanzamt). The amount of income tax you pay depends on your total income. The maximum income tax rate in Germany is 45%.1

The income tax is not the same as the salary tax (Lohnsteuer).

German income tax calculator

How German taxes work

Sources and footnotes
  1. §32a EStG