1. Arbeitnehmer:innenveranlagung (employee assessment)
You can get tax allowances by handing in your employee assessment via the online platform FinanzOnline or at the responsible tax office.
For students the most interesting part of the tax assessment is the above-mentioned occupational expenses. They include all expenses that are essential for your education (educational costs). You can write them off against taxes, as long as you earn more than €12,000 per year. You can enter the expenses into the category “L1 – Werbungskosten” of the form.
You should collect all the receipts of educational costs, including laptops, books, tickets, lecture notes, etc. Only then can you write them off against taxes. You need to keep the bills for seven years because the tax office might demand proof within this period.
Tip: You have five years to hand in your employee assessment. Therefore, it is worth to complete the employee assessment for the last years too, if you haven’t done it yet.