German Inheritance Taxes can be expensive

Inheritances will be taxed by the German government and a tax form (Erbschaftssteuererklärung) will need to be filed.

The tax rate varies depending on the heir(s) relation to the deceased. The closer in relation the heir was to the descendant, the higher the exempt amount will be. In addition, if the inheritance is small enough, it may be tax free.

If you have any further questions or would like to get started on your inheritance case, please contact us at the German American Law Center and schedule a consultation. We would be more than happy to assist you.

  • Certificate of inheritance

    The German certificate of inheritance (“Erbschein”) is an official certificate with which you prove for instance to banks that you are the rightful heir.

  • Obtain a certificate of inheritance

    The German certificate of inheritance is granted only upon an application in the so-called “Erbscheinsverfahren”.

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