Declaring taxes in Germany is for most people, not the most exciting topic. Paying taxes is not fun either. Depending on how much you earn in Germany you may have to pay almost half of your income in taxes. You can get a lot of money back from your taxes when you file annually. Here is my honest review of Wundertax after using it and recommending it to friends.
What is Wundertax?
Wundertax is a web-based software with which individuals can submit their annual tax returns without having to see a tax advisor. For expatriates, such websites are helpful in navigating the exciting world of German bureaucracy.
Wundertax is in both German and English which means you can independently figure it out without needing that one friend you turn to for all your translations.
When did I start using Wundertax?
I think I was one of the very early adopters of Wundertax. At the time I was a student and it was called Studentensteuererklarung.de. I believe they still run on this domain to target the student demographic. Later it was renamed to appeal to a bigger audience.
Ease of use
You can of course submit everything in an evening but the reality for me was, I spent days trying to understand everything and going through my bank account for costs I could get back from the taxman. Needless to say, Wundertax is very simple to use and self-explanatory.
What I didn’t like
There are a few things I didn’t like so much. That was having to go to do the PostIdent at the post office before I could submit my returns. A few years down the line, there are other options to verify yourself. It is not the worst thing to have to do PostIdent. Everyone who moves to Germany has had to do it a few times.
Their return calculations were also a bit off. When I got my tax refunds a few weeks later it was a few euros short of what Wundertax had forecasted. That’s neither a dealbreaker because the tax officers can use their discretion when processing your tax declaration. Also I was happy to be getting back some money as a student
How much does it cost?
That’s how much it cost. 34.95 for filing your tax in one year. Then you have the option to pay for 3 Tax declarations for 89.95 or 119.95 for 4 years. Obviously a commitment.
|Number of years||Price|
|1 year||34.95 Euros|
|3 years||89.95 Euros|
|4 years||119.95 Euros|
Would I recommend Wundertax to others?
Yes, I would. I have recommended it to a few friends and they are quite happy with it. I think it simplifies filing your tax returns especially for the working class with one employer and students. What you pay for the software is quite reasonable and included in your tax refunds.
Do I still use Wundertax?
No, I don’t. For the past two years, I have been using SteuerWeb. It’s not in English at the moment. I like a few features better than Wundertax even though it is so simple to use. I explained why in an earlier article about income taxes. I will still like to try other software. I am considering Smartsteuer now. It should not be so different from Wundertax but I will build my opinions after I have used it. I will write about my experience when I do.
If you are new in town or do not speak german, I will definitely recommend Wundertax. They provide helpful tips while you are filling in your data to help you maximize your tax refunds. Here are some other alternatives in English.