Tax cut: More salary in the account: In July, almost all employees receive a handsome one-time payment

Employees can currently use one or two additional euros: After all, inflation has been consistently high for months, and consumer prices are rising significantly, especially for energy costs.

Tax cut: More salary in the account: In July, almost all employees receive a handsome one-time payment

Employees can currently use one or two additional euros: After all, inflation has been consistently high for months, and consumer prices are rising significantly, especially for energy costs.

The federal government has exactly this problem on its radar - and therefore decided on a tax relief that will bring more wages to almost all employees in the future. Even better: In July, even a repayment is due - in one fell swoop, a tidy sum is added to the account.

The background is an innovation in income tax: In principle, it falls on every euro earned, but in Germany it is staggered. People with high incomes should contribute more, and poorer workers should be relieved. The following applies to the first level (also known as the "basic allowance"): no income tax is due for all employees for the sum mentioned here.

Previously, this basic allowance was 9,984 euros - so this amount is tax-free for all employees. In May, the federal government increased this basic allowance by 363 euros to 10,347 euros, i.e. from this year onwards no taxes will be due on a further 363 euros. This means higher wages from now on.

The highlight here: The increase in the basic tax-free allowance will not only take effect "immediately", but even retrospectively as of January 1st. Because employers couldn't know that in the spring, they paid too much tax for months. And it is precisely this overpaid sum that is now being reimbursed to the employer as a one-time payment with the July salary.

The Institute of the German Economy calculated the tax relief for singles at around 69 euros more per year. In the case of a single-earner family with two children, the increase in the basic allowance brings around 138 euros more per year. If you want to know exactly, you can also calculate the value at the Federal Ministry of Finance.

Only one group is an exception: those who have already earned less than 9,984 euros per year will not get any money back – because no taxes have been due on it so far.

Nevertheless, there is also good news for poorer people: Recipients of social assistance or unemployment benefit II will receive a one-time payment of 200 euros in July, for children in poorer families the monthly payments will increase by 20 euros from July. Recipients of unemployment benefit I also receive a one-off payment of 100 euros.

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