If you move for work, you can usually claim the expenses for this on your tax return. A flat rate of 870 euros can be applied.
If you have to move as an employee for professional reasons, you can claim a relocation lump sum from the tax office. The Wage Tax Assistance Association United Wage Tax Assistance (VLH) draws attention to this in a press release. Proof of the actual costs is not necessary.
Tax return: Lump sum for relocation costs from April 2022
"Instead, certain flat rates per adult and relative (spouse, partner or child) apply, so that from April 1, 2022, up to 1,476 euros can be set as a lump sum for a work-related move as income-related expenses*," the VLH announces. The day before which the moving boxes and furniture are loaded is decisive. According to the experts, a move is considered work-related if the employee saves an hour of travel time to work every day as a result of the move.
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What is covered by the lump sum for removal costs?
With the lump sum for relocation costs, part of the relocation costs can be declared in the tax return without further individual evidence, according to the Businessinsider.de portal. According to the report, these include, for example:
- Fees for housing advertisements
- Registration and re-registration fees
- Built-in and installation
- Parts of the renovation work
- Tips for movers
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This is how high the lump sum for relocation costs is at the moment
So far, according to the Business Insider report, the lump sum for relocation costs is 870 euros for beneficiaries and 580 euros for partners and children who move with them. In April 2022, the lump sum will then increase to 886 euros for beneficiaries and 590 euros for partners and children. "Incidentally, the lump sum increases by 50 percent if a second job-related move takes place within five years," the report continues. (ahu) *Merkur.de is a service provided by IPPEN. MEDIA.