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Single parents receive special treatment with regard to income tax. They benefit from the tax relief for single parents. This constitutes an additional tax allowance of 4,008 euros per year. Starting with the second child, the amount of tax relief increases by 240 euros for each additional child.
The tax relief is automatically applied via filing status II, the tax filing status for single parents. The increases for further children are, upon request, added to your wage-tax card as a tax allowance by the local Tax Office. If the tax allowance was not taken into account in the income tax deduction, tax relief is granted via the income tax return.
Further detailed information on the individual benefits and assistance available can be found on the websites of the Ministry for Family Affairs and the Familienportal (family portal).
Please also use the online info tool of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs. By entering a few details, you can find out which family benefits you may be eligible to receive.