Tax law

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What exactly is tax law?

Tax law revolves around all tax matters and could be considered a gray, dull and theoretical area of law. Looking at the different facets of tax law, however, it is a broad, very everyday and dynamic area of law. From the everyday life of a small family, inheritance matters, capital investments and property purchases to the business activities of large corporations, tax law issues affect all areas of modern life – which makes tax law less gray, dull and theoretical.

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Popular legal topics in tax law

Save taxes in the purchase contract

In the case of acquisitions, taxes can have a significant influence on the success of a transaction. For this reason, tax risks must be hedged as part of the purchase agreement. To save tax, it is advisable to list the value of the accessories in the purchase contract. For example, when buying a property, the value of the accessories can be listed in the purchase contract so that the tax office can deduct the value of the movable items from the purchase price. Do you want a favorable breakdown of your purchase prices in the purchase contract?


The automatic exchange of financial data has significantly increased the risk of detection of tax evasion. By making a voluntary disclosure, tax evaders have the opportunity to return to tax legality before the crime is discovered. However, if the documentation of the information is incomplete or incorrect in just one point, this will immediately invalidate the entire voluntary disclosure. We support you in all aspects of voluntary disclosure and fight for your impunity.

Tax investigation

If there is an initial suspicion of tax evasion or if a tax return is missing, a tax investigation is carried out. The focus here is on the clarification of facts for taxation as well as the implementation and evaluation of investigative measures in criminal tax proceedings. Is the tax office accusing you of tax evasion, but you cannot provide proof of your receipts, or have you received a summons for questioning? Please contact us immediately. Together we will find the best solution for your situation.

Certificate of inheritance

A certificate of inheritance proves that the persons listed are the legal heirs. If the parties involved dispute who is the heir and, if so, to what extent, this is decided in the certificate of inheritance proceedings before the probate court. If you need help applying for a certificate of inheritance, or if your inheritance certificate proceedings are very turbulent, then contact us and we will represent you in the fight for your inheritance rights. You will also find out what inheritance tax is all about.

Value added tax

Companies must submit an advance sales tax return for their sales and pay the statutory sales tax to the tax office. On the other hand, Section 19 of the German Value Added Tax Act (UStG) regulates the taxation of small businesses. Only a few lawyers love tax law. We are one of them. Mr. Kaufmann has been particularly involved with VAT for 15 years and can help you with conflicts with the tax office and accusations of VAT fraud.

Late payment surcharge

Anyone who submits their tax return late will receive a late filing surcharge. This amounts to 3% p/a of the tax assessed, but at least 25 euros per month of delay. In the case of companies, a late payment surcharge of up to 10% of the payment amount can be imposed, up to a maximum of EUR 25,000(link). I will be happy to provide you with legal assistance in lodging an appeal against the assessment of the late payment surcharge or help you to submit an application for remission on equitable grounds.

What is the subject of tax law?

  • VAT taxes the consideration for goods and services. Companies in particular are trying to take an economical approach to doing business.
  • Income tax taxes the income of natural persons and thus of each individual earner, which is derived from self-employed work or self-employed letting and leasing.
  • Wage tax taxes the income of salaried employees, i.e. traditional employees.
  • Corporation tax taxes the income of legal entities and thus of companies in the form of companies, associations or corporations. Corporations can be stock corporations or state-administering institutions.
  • Trade tax taxes commercial work. Anyone who works (un)independently, operates on a sustainable or long-term basis, has the intention of making a profit and is involved in commercial transactions is commercially active.
  • Real estate transfer tax taxes the purchase of land or parts of land.
  • Inheritance and gift tax taxes inheritances or gifts.

What is special about tax law?

Insolvency law in particular is often closely linked to tax law when it comes to any tax arrears of the private individual or entrepreneur or unpaid social security contributions to employees. In insolvency proceedings, for example, the tax office can also be among the creditors and make claims.

Criminal tax law is another popular field that is often covered by the media. Any attempts by private individuals or companies to evade taxes or not pay them at all fall under this category and are prosecuted by the tax office or the tax investigation department. However, the boundary to criminal tax behavior is not always clear and private individuals also run the risk of becoming liable for tax offenses due to carelessly or unknowingly triggered constellations.

Four areas of tax law

This means that the lawyer is often present alongside the trusted tax advisor or auditor to provide the necessary and unlimited legal and advocacy expertise. The focus of this legal advice is on

  • Declaration advice: This refers to comprehensive legal advice in all tax matters.
  • Tax structuring: When it comes to drafting contracts for inheritances or any type of purchase, legal expertise is beneficial.
  • Tax disputes: The classic case is the legal representation against claims of the tax office.
  • Criminal tax law and investigation: It is used in known cases of tax evasion as well as in gray areas.
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Why we trust ourselves with tax law

Tax law is based on real life and affects everyone, whether private individuals or companies. The Kaufmann law firm’s focus on banking and insolvency law issues in particular includes tax law aspects and is therefore also the subject of our range of services. In the interests of comprehensive legal advice and legal support geared towards finding sustainable and unconventional solutions, constant information on changes in tax law is essential and a matter of course for us.

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