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Proof of payment of foreign wage taxes by employer’s certificate sufficient


An employer’s certificate is sufficient for the proof of taxation of wages in India in order to claim tax exemption under the relevant terms of the Double Tax Treaty between Germany and India. The submission of an official income tax assessment notice is not mandatory for claiming the exemption under the subject-to-tax clause of the German Income Tax Act. Continue reading

Unutilised maintenance expenses deductible under Para. 82b  of the Income Tax Implementation Regulations fully deductible upon death


The Supreme Tax Court decided that where a taxpayer decides to set off major maintenance expenses over a period of several years in accordance with Para. 82b  of the Income Tax Implementation Regulations (“EStDV”) but dies before the full amount has been deducted, that part of the maintenance expenses not yet set off can be deducted as a rental income expense in the year of assessment in which the death occurred. This finding is at variance with Income Tax Guideline No. 21.1 Para. 6 Sentences 2 and 3 Income Tax Guidelines 2012 (EStR 2012) Continue reading

VAT group: ECJ defines eligibility of partnerships as controlled companies


The ECI held that it is from the outset not compatible with EU-Law if the possibility for a partnership to form a VAT group – in addition to the controlling company – is limited to those partners in the partnership whose business is financially integrated into that of the parent. Such a restriction can only be justified by a specific need to prevent abuse. Continue reading

Determination of the addressee of a tax audit notification order


In order to determine the content of an administrative act, the declared intention of the authority must be taken into account and not the literal meaning of the relevant wording; however, a notice clearly addressed to a specific addressee is not open to interpretation in this respect. This was decided by the Supreme Tax Court in a decision published on 8 April 2021. Continue reading

Successful constitutional complaint against income correction affecting freedom of establishment


The German Constitutional Court overturned a 2019 judgment of the Supreme Tax Court regarding the erstwhile change in its case law on the issue of the income correction with respect to an unsecured group loan because the tax court failed to submit the facts of the case to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for final clarification and thus violated the complainant’s right to the lawful judge under Article 101(1) of the Constitutional Statute. Continue reading

Taxation of employment income of executive directors and cross-border commuters


In two cases the Supreme Tax Court answered questions raised on the calculation of the “stay away” days (non-return days) of cross-border commuters when returning to their domestic residence from a third-country business trip and of the allocation of  the right of taxation of the employment income of executive directors under the German / Swiss tax treaty. Continue reading