Status: 05.12.2023, 16:00 PM
By: Carina Blumenroth
There are some costs associated with winter, for example for the clearing service. Some costs can be deducted from your taxes. Here's what you need to know.
The first snowflakes are falling on the streets, which makes children's eyes light up. For many adults, however, snow and ice mean organizational effort and increased costs. You can claim some of them in your tax return. This includes, for example, costs for the clearing service. But also car repair costs in case you had an accident. What you need to keep in mind.
Deduct snow chaos costs from your taxes
Have you handed over the winter service to a company? You can deduct these costs from your taxes. (Symbolic image) © Brebca/Imago
In the event of ice and snow, it is not only roads that need to be made safe, but also sidewalks. Homeowners usually have to make sure that the sidewalks in front of their buildings are cleared. For this purpose, some commission a winter service that takes over the gritting and clearing obligations. Landlords can pass on the costs for this to the tenants in the utility bill. The portal Finanztip informs that both landlords and tenants can claim these expenses as a household-related service in their tax returns.
What exactly costs can I deduct?
You can deduct one-fifth of the wage costs of the clearing company. To do this, you enter the labor costs in the "Household-related expenses" attachment.
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Landlords can claim damage caused by snow chaos
If you have rented out a house or apartment, declare the income from it in your tax return. In the advertising expenses, you can also specify expenses in the context of repairing damage caused by storms, the Handelsblatt informs.In this context, the professional expenses are deducted from the rental income, which means that the taxable income is reduced. If you have to claim a higher repair damage, you should discuss this with the tax office, advises the Handelsblatt.
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Deduct snow damage if it exceeds the reasonable self-burden.
Owners and tenants can deduct snow damage from their taxes under certain conditions. What is important here is the reasonable self-incrimination. How high this is can be determined individually. It depends, among other things, on income, marital status and the number of children.
Extraordinary expenses during storms and snow can include broken windows or front doors. It is also important that the damage is not covered by building or household contents insurance.
Car accident caused by snow chaos on business trips
An accident on slippery roads is not uncommon, drivers have to adapt their driving style to the weather conditions. If you can't prove that you did this in the event of an accident, you are partly to blame. Especially if you are not fully insured, this can be expensive. However, you can differentiate here, if the accident happened on the way to work, i.e. on the outward and return journey, you have to bear the costs yourself, but you can submit them to your tax return via the income-related expenses, the portal SteuerTipps informs. Business trips, refuelling breaks or small detours to pick up passengers are also covered. It is important that the costs were not covered by third parties.