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Tax Categories in Germany

There are 6 tax so called classes with different lump sums according to the circumstances.

Category I
Those single or separated, but not falling into either category II or III.

Category II
Single and separated, with a child, entitling them to a child’s allowance

Category III
Married employee. Tax rate is based on the married couple tariff (tax is calculated from half of the taxable income and then doubled)

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Category IV
Married employees if both of them receive wage.

Category V
Same as IV. But one of the married employees stays with a tax card of category III (favour see above), the other one needs then category V. See ‘Married couple, both get wage’.

Category VI
Employees who receive a wage from other employments too, need a second (or more) tax card(s) of category VI.

You can use “German Tax Calculator” for your Tax Information/Details.

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