Courses and training

Can I expense the costs for my courses?

Written by Fanny Silheres
Updated over a week ago

Taking courses is a great way to develop your skills and knowledge as a self-employed professional. 

What kind of courses can I expense? 

You can expense any courses that are directly related to your business activity. 

Keep in mind that the financial authority (Finanzamt) may want to see additional information about the course to verify that it is directly related to your work. It is recommended to keep the details of the training program such as syllabus or other relevant material for a future tax audit.

Examples of tax deductible courses 

Common types of training that you can expense include:

  • Professional courses

  • Online courses

  • Webinars

  • Seminars

  • Language courses

  • Book and magazines 

Can I deduct a German language course?

If you have recently moved to Germany, learning German could be really helpful to get started as a self employed business owner. German courses are fully tax deductible.

Is there a limit to the number of courses I can deduct?

You can deduct up to 4000€ of training and education costs a year. 

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