Tax Offences in Germany

Lawyers for German Criminal Tax Law

Tax Offences in Germany

Lawyers for German Criminal Tax Law

Breaching German tax laws can result in severe criminal sanctions ranging from fines and other penalties to imprisonment. Due to the inherent complications involved in German tax law, it is crucial to avail of legal expertise in this field. Companies and private individuals can breach German tax law without even realising that they are doing it. In such a situation communicating with an experienced German tax lawyer as quickly as possible is vital.

At Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte, our lawyers provide specialist assistance in this area. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly if you require specialised legal assistance.

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Tax Offences under German Law

The German Tax Code (Fiscal Code / Abgabenordnung or AO) is the main source of German tax law, providing a list of tax offences with definitions. At Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte, our tax criminal lawyers advise on all these matters, among others:

As can be seen, there are several tax offences under German law that one must be aware of as both a private individual and a company. We will examine some of these in more detail.

Tax Evasion

Should a person be found guilty of tax evasion, they can face a fine or a prison sentence. The prison sentence can be up to 5 years or even up to 10 years in the case of more serious tax offences. In the case of tax evasion, even its attempt can result in being found liable with punishment of a fine or prison sentence.