Germany

Overview

Last reviewed - 10 January 2020

Germany, located in Central Europe, is bordered by Denmark to the north; Poland and the Czech Republic to the east; Austria and Switzerland to the south; France to the southwest; and Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands to the west. Germany has the largest economy and is the second most populous nation (after Russia) in Europe. It is divided into 16 provinces, and its capital is Berlin. The official language of Germany is German, and the currency is the euro (EUR).

Germany is a key member of the European economic, political, and defence organisations. The German economy is the fourth largest economy in the world. Germany is a leading exporter of machinery, vehicles, and chemicals. It also benefits from a highly skilled labour force.

PwC audits and advises leading companies of all sizes in all fields of activity in Germany. The German firm of PwC has some 11,809 partners and staff employed at 21 locations.

Quick rates and dates

Corporate income tax (CIT) rates
Headline CIT rate (%)

Corporate income tax/solidarity surcharge: 15.825%;

Trade tax: From 12.6% to 20.3%, depending upon the location of the business establishment.

Corporate income tax (CIT) due dates
CIT return due date

31 July (if the taxpayer instructs a professional tax adviser, the deadline is extended to the end of February of the following year).

CIT final payment due date

As stated on the assessment notice.

CIT estimated payment due dates

Quarterly instalments due on the tenth day of March, June, September, and December.

Personal income tax (PIT) rates
Headline PIT rate (%)

45, plus surcharges

Personal income tax (PIT) due dates
PIT return due date

31 July of the year following the tax year.

PIT final payment due date

Within one month of the date that the final assessment is issued.

PIT estimated payment due dates

Quarterly instalments are due on 10 March, 10 June, 10 September, and 10 December

Value-added tax (VAT) rates
Standard VAT rate (%)

19

The standard rate is being reduced to 16% for the period 1 July 2020 until 31 December 2020 in response to the COVID 19 pandemic

Withholding tax (WHT) rates
WHT rates (%) (Div/Int/Roy)

Resident: 25 / 25 / 0;

Generally, only interest paid by banks to a resident is subject to WHT.

Non-resident: 25 / 0 / 15 or upon application as reduced by EU directive/double tax treaty/domestic law.

WHT is charged on interest from convertible or profit-sharing bonds and over-the-counter transactions.

Capital gains tax (CGT) rates
Corporate capital gains tax rate (%)

Capital gains are subject to the normal corporation tax rate.

Individual capital gains tax rate (%)

25, plus solidarity surcharge

Net wealth/worth tax rates
Headline net wealth/worth tax rate (%)

NA

Inheritance and gift tax rates
Inheritance tax rate (%)

50

Gift tax rate (%)

50

NA stands for Not Applicable (i.e. the territory does not have the indicated tax or requirement)

NP stands for Not Provided (i.e. the information is not currently provided in this chart)

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