What is the Lohnsteuer?

The salary tax (Lohnsteuer) is a tax that your employer deducts from your paychecks. It’s an advance payment for your estimated income tax (Einkommensteuer).

When you file a tax declaration (Steuererklärung), you calculate your real income tax. If you paid more salary tax than your real income tax, you will get money back.

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