I am to receive a sign on bonus. In 2018 I earned not much money but in 2019 I will, because of the new job. My employer agreed to send the money on signing in 2018 as this makes quite a difference in tax. Unfortunately they sent the money on 29.12. and as the 31.12. is a bank holiday I will receive the money at 2.1.19.
For doing my taxes, does this money sent in 2018 but received in 2019 count for the tax in 2018?
Edit: I had a look in my bank account and saw some (outgoing) items with information like “Datum: 27.12., Wertstellung: 24.12.“ I am not sure how to translate Wertstellung, I guess something like date when it is booked. Is it possible that even when my bank books this bonus on 2.1.19 it is dated on 2018?