5 Hidden Ways to Boost Your Tax Refund

The workforce tax, cover-up tax and capital gains tax paid during the year and the tax prepayments are only payments on a person’s final tax liability. This can only be determined if the taxable income at the end of the year is fixed. This annual final statement with the IRS is called income tax assessment. The basis for the income tax assessment is the income tax return that a person submits.

The important reasons for reimbursement listed:

  1. A person has had expenses for household help or services and wants to get the tax benefits for this.
  2. A person’s income-related expenses are higher than the employee’s lump sum: In the case of income tax deduction, your employer automatically only takes into consideration the cost of employment in the amount of the employee’s lump sum.
  3. A persons salary varies: your employer’s payroll tax calculation program assumes twelve monthly salaries and takes into account one-twelfths of free allowances and lump sums. Therefore:
  • If a person only worked for a few months, then their actual annual income and your tax rate are lower than expected. In addition, for example, they are always entitled to the basic allowance and the employee lump sum in full.
  • Pupils and students with summer jobs often get the entire withholding tax. High tax refunds also occur in the year of transition from school or studies to employment and vice versa.
  • If a person’s salary varies during the year, for example, through overtime, salary increases, the 13th monthly salary or change of employer, then the tax deduction in the months with higher earnings is too high. However, if a person’s employer makes an “employer’s wage tax compensation” at the end of the year, he corrects this inaccuracy.
  1. As a double-earner couple, you both have tax code IV (no factor), even though a person did not earn exactly the same amount.
  2. A person has selected an unfavorable tax class combination from a tax perspective. This can be useful, for example, to optimize the parental allowance.
  3. If a person paid too much capital gains tax (withholding tax) or interest withholding tax (until 2008) during the year. This can happen for a variety of reasons, for example, because a person has not granted or have given too low an exemption order for an account, or
  • because the bank has deducted withholding tax from your investment income, but their individual tax rate is lower (discounted);
  • Because a person has other income in addition to income from employment, at least part of which withholding tax has been withheld (capital gains). If this additional income is less than 410 Euro or between 410 Euro and 820 Euro, you will receive all or part of the withheld withholding tax back via the Compassionate Allowances or the extended Compassionate Allowances.
  1. A person has special expenses above the lump sum: donations, church tax, expenses for persons own vocational training, etc. taken into account by their employer with income tax deduction only with the special expenditure lump sum for married people. Moreover, that is over quickly.
  2. A person’s insurance premiums are higher than the provisioning allowance: their employer will already consider certain insurance premiums for the monthly income tax deduction for allowance.
  • Civil servants and pensioners only receive a lower pension plan. Therefore, proof of the actual insurance contributions in the tax return can lead to a high tax refund.
  • In the case of employees subject to pension insurance, a higher provisioning allowance is applied. Nevertheless, it may be worthwhile in certain cases to recognize the actual pension expenses in the tax return.

If a person has completed a pension, this is not included in the monthly tax deduction. So they can expect a tax refund.

  1. They have contributed to the pension, which has a special effect (favorable test).
  2. They have high exceptional burdens, for example, due to illness, disability, divorce, need of care or support a needy relative.


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