Wage tax allowance; application for it

You can already save taxes when deducting income tax if you have expenses that are expected to be incurred in the calendar year formed in advance as an allowance in the electronic income tax deduction features (ELStAM).


The creation of an allowance as a wage tax deduction feature reduces the wage tax that your employer must withhold from your wages. The entry of an allowance is possible for the following expenses, for example:

  • Income-related expenses from employee activities, insofar as they exceed 1,230 euros, e.g.
    • Expenses for travel to work (so-called commuting allowance)
    • Expenses for work equipment (e.g. technical literature, tools or typical work clothing)
    • Travel expenses on the occasion of a so-called external activity (insofar as these are not already reimbursed tax-free by the employer)
    • Expenses for professional training
  • certain special expenses, if these exceed the lump sum of 36 euros for single persons and 72 euros for spouses/life partners, e.g.
    • maintenance payments to the divorced / permanently separated spouse or civil partner
    • church tax paid (except church tax on final withholding tax)
    • Expenses for own first-time vocational training or first-time studies
    • Childcare costs
  • Extraordinary burdens, e.g.
    • Allowance for special needs in the case of vocational training for a child of full age
    • Maintenance expenses for persons entitled to maintenance by law
    • Lump sum for persons with disabilities
    • Lump sum for surviving dependents
  • Losses from other types of income e.g.
    • Commercial, freelance or agricultural activity
    • Losses from a rented property


The eligible income-related expenses, special expenses and extraordinary expenses must exceed the application limit of 600 euros.


The application can be submitted at the earliest on October 1 of the previous year for which the allowance is to apply. For consideration in the current calendar year, the application for wage tax reduction must be received by the tax office by November 30 of the year.

The tax allowance can be applied for two years at once.


  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Lohnsteuer-Ermäßigung 2023
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

Online procedures

  • ELSTER - Ihr Online-Finanzamt

    ELSTER - Your Online Tax Office bundles the online services of the tax authorities. Here you can prepare and submit tax returns and tax registrations via the Internet.

Legal bases



Links to more information

Status: 14.03.2023

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium der Finanzen und für Heimat

Contains machine translated content. Show the original content

  • Online transactions, Bavaria-wide
  • Online transactions, locally limited
  • Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide
  • Legal bases, Bavaria-wide
  • Legal bases, locally limited
  • Fees, Bavaria-wide
  • Fees, locally limited
Bild zur Leistungsbeschreibung

Responsible for you

If you select a location under "Localization" the contact details of the responsible authority and, if applicable, locally valid information will be displayed.