Gardening can be a career

tax declaration What kind of gardening work is tax deductible?

What costs can I deduct?

Costs for "maintenance and beautification" of the garden are deductible under certain conditions. So the garden has to belong to a complex that is inhabited by oneself. This also includes holiday apartments and allotments in which one could live. (The landlord may not live in a house himself and then cannot deduct the costs. However, he can use the expenses incurred for garden design or maintenance as income-related expenses for the acquisition of leases and rents.)

The garden in question must already exist. For example, building a new winter garden is not tax-deductible. But in 2011 the Federal Fiscal Court confirmed that extensive earthwork and planting work for the first-time garden - as well as the construction of a retaining wall to the neighboring property - are to be counted among the craftsmen's work.

Labor, machine and travel costs, consumables (covering films, lubricants or cleaning agents) and disposal costs are deductible if they arise, for example, because a company then disposes of its tree cuttings. (Ancillary service to the main service)

Which costs can I not deduct?

It would be too nice - because that also costs a lot of money. But costs for plants, soil and building materials are unfortunately not included in the deductible costs. Those who cut hedges themselves and then want to claim the costs for disposal cannot do that either. In addition, expert services are usually not deductible.

Transfer bills

If you want to claim your garden expenses for tax purposes, you should transfer your bills. The tax office wants to see that the money has been withdrawn from your account. It is important for the invoices that wage and material costs are shown separately. Garden enthusiasts must keep the documents for at least two years. If you have any questions, for example, the income tax relief associations can help.

Katharina Fünfstück, Wage Tax Aid Association, United Wage Tax Aid e. V.