I am EU citizen, I was wondering how the German tax system would allow me to get proper refund after I left the country. I went to Germany in middle 2016 and worked there until end March 2018, then searched a job abroad for some months and settled again abroad (not Europe).
I made my Steuererklarung for 2016-2017-2018 in March this year, and was expecting to receive a lot back since I didn't work full year in 2016 and 2018.
The finanzamt sent me a letter last week asking me what was my foreign income the last half of 2016 (was zero) and foreign income from April to December 2018.
- For 2016 I didn't make any tax declaration elsewhere than in Germany, can I just reply zero to them ?
- For 2018 I got some income in my new country, and if I enter this amount on the simulator in Steuergo it goes down from a refund of 3200 to 1500... Less than half.
I would like to avoid this scenario as last year was financially very difficult (Lost a job, had to move to another continent, furnish, girlfriend dependant on me), but I don't know how to deal with that, seems to me best option would be to just give them my income total, worst option say that I got nothing (but I know Germans can't be fooled).
Is the finanzamt aware of our world income ? Or can I give my expenses as tax credit ? They adjust the tax rate on the world income and not only the one from Germany, my new residence country taxed me only from the date of moving in :/
Thanks a lot for any replies !