You need to file your taxes but you do not speak German fluently? The German tax law seems overwhlming and confusing? You are not even sure if you have to file a tax return in Germany? We get you. Tax return in Germany can be tricky for foreigners - it even is tough for Germans.
As a private person, when you are living and working in Germany and when you do not have any income from other sources, then it is not mandatory to file your taxes. It might be in your best interest to complete a tax return though. If you do have other sources of income through a "side-hustle" or property for example, then you most likely need to file your taxes in Germany.
There are also several German laws that regulate a company's tax and bookkeeping responsibilities, and different regulations apply depending on the size of your business and the number of employees. If you are not a tax expert or if you sell goods from Germany to other European and non-European countries, it can become overwhelming. For this reason, you might want to consider contracting a well-trained accountant. In accordance with German law, you may also need an accountant to carry out a special audit on your annual financial statements.
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These days, many German accountants can also communicate with their clients in English. However, most of the communication with official German authorities will be in German, so your accountant needs to be proficient in both languages.
German law limits the kinds of job each accountant can take on based on their specific education and specialization. It is therefore important to ensure that you contract the right accountant for your requirements.
To find a good accountant, you need to compare offers from various companies. Ageras makes comparison easy by providing transparent offers from various accountants and ensuring that they meet your requirements, so that you can make the right decision for your business.
The fee for an accountant's services varies depending on the specialisation of the accountant. Tax consultants and business consultants, for example, offer accounting services, whereas the fees of a tax consultant are regulated by German law (Steuerberatervergütungsverordnung – StBVV). According to these regulations, the service can be charged at a fixed price, according to time invested or according to annual turnover. On the other hand, accounting services provided by other professions are not strictly regulated. We therefore recommend comparing the offers made by different service providers side-by-side.
We are providing more detailed information about the costs of an accountant according to German regulations and give some examples. Click the link below to read on - the page is in German though. You can contact us for more information in English.
If you are starting a small company in Germany, you may wonder if you need to immediately hire an external accountant. There is no general rule; instead, you should ask yourself how much time this kind of service would save you. If you have some basic knowledge of accounting and your business only needs a limited number of accounting entries, you may want to do the accounting yourself. However, if you are completely new to the field and you need to invest all your time into your day-to-day business, it is worth using our service to find independent and non-binding offers from accountants in Germany completely free of charge. This will help you decide whether to hire an accountant or not.
An accountant prepares the account entries for assets, liability and capital accounts by analysing and compiling account information. Under certain circumstances, they can also provide some limited tips for future financial planning. Another important role is compiling financial data to help entrepreneurs make decisions and communicating with investors and banks. It is important to note that German law also recognises accountants as auditors. Auditors are responsible for reviewing the annual financial statement. This is especially important for bigger companies, as they are forced by law to perform these audits.
At the end of the financial year, the accountants prepare most of the information needed to compile the annual financial statement. Importantly, in Germany, the actual creation of the annual financial statement is reserved for the tax consultant, as is the revenue tax advance return.
You can always terminate your contract with your accountant; however, you may need to give a period of notice. Make sure to always cancel any arrangements with your current accountant in writing and keep the correspondance saved in case complications or misunderstandings may arise. If you are not satisfied with your accounting service, we advise that you do not change accountant before the end of the fiscal year. This simplifies the change because your previous contractor must hand over all documents.
It is best to terminate your contract with your current accountant before starting new tasks and after completion of all the work that you had already agreed on in your contract. If it can not be avoided and you are to terminate the contract while certain tasks are open or unfinished, then your current accountant may charge a partial fee for work that has begun while your new accountant may charge a fee again for completion of those tasks. So be aware that you may pay twice in those situations.
Your current accountant is obligated to hand over your data and documents concerning your case to your new accountant - this excludes personal notes and non-official documents though. Many German accountants make use of an accountaning software such as DATEV so that the transfer should be fairly simple. Your current accountant might reserve the right to withhold documents for as long as you have outstanding payments. So, make sure to all acoounts with your current accountant in order to guarantee a a smooth transition.
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