Free tax advice

Once again, you don't know how to do your tax return? Or are you just not quite sure what you can actually deduct from your taxes? The free tax advice will help you! It is an offer of the AStA of the Heilbronn University in cooperation with the Tax office Peter Schröder (for HN, Thursdays) and the Tax office Ralph Benner (for SHA/KÜN, Tuesdays and Thursdays).

And of course one thing is clear: everything you discuss with the tax advisor will of course be treated confidentially!


The offer is only valid for enrolled students of Heilbronn University!


Dates and registration

Dates in Heilbronn

Consultation appointments are always held on Thursdays and online. They are limited to 20 min and take place between 15:00 and 17:00:

  1. Deadline: March 30, 2023
  2. Date: April 20, 2023
  3. Date: 04 May 2023
  4. Date: May 25, 2023
  5. Date: June 22, 2023

Dates in KÜN/SHA

The consultation appointments are always held online on Wednesdays. They are limited to 20 min and take place between 16:00 and 18:00.

    1. Date: March 22, 2023
    2. Date: May 10, 2023
    3. Date: 07 June 2023
    4. Date: June 21, 2023

FAQ's on the subject of tax returns

In itself, there is no obligation to file a tax return for students. However, there are exceptions and keep in mind that it can also often be worthwhile to file a tax return.

You must file a tax return if you have been employed by several employers and/or if you earn income that exceeds the basic tax-free amount of € 9,984 (2022) per year. This income can be generated, for example:

  • through self-employed or freelance activities.
  • through rental income or capital gains.

If you want to file a tax return, it must be submitted to your tax office by July 31 of the following year.

However, due to Corona, the deadline for filing the 2021 statement has been extended to October 31.

The tax return must be filed where you are registered with your residence.

It is worthwhile as soon as you have earned income from a vacation job or a paid internship, for example. In these cases, income tax was deducted from your salary, which you can reclaim. You can also deduct all expenses that are clearly incurred in the course of training or studies from your income tax. Advertising costs recover. Incidentally, the tax return is particularly worthwhile for anyone who has a Second degree Unlike your first degree, you can deduct the expenses for your second degree as income-related expenses on your tax return.

(Source: https://www.absolventa.de/karriereguide/gehaltsrahmen/steuererklaerung-studenten)

Income-related expenses are all expenses incurred in connection with your studies or training.

The classic study costs, which you can offset as income-related expenses, include:

  • Semester fees and tuition
  • Travel costs between home and university or library
  • Study trips and excursions
  • Semester abroad or internships
  • Technical literature and working materials (folders, writing utensils, etc.)
  • Printing and binding of final and seminar papers
  • Printer, laptop, smartphone & Co.

Note, however, that you must keep the receipts and vouchers for this purpose. This is because the tax office may require you to provide proof of the expenses.