How do I get a tax refund?

Aske Buemann

CEO & Co-founder

Get tax back

Many Danes look forward to receiving their tax refund from SKAT at the end of the tax year. But how can you make sure you get the maximum amount back and avoid a tax penalty?

In this article, we will take a closer look at how you can optimize your taxes and get more money back in tax. We will also give you some tips on how to avoid tax loopholes and explain when you can expect to receive your money from SKAT.

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How can I get more money back in tax?

If you want to get more money back in tax, it's important to make sure you have all your deductions. Deductions can be anything from interest expenses on your loans to work-related travel expenses. If you bought or sold a home in the past year, you may also be able to deduct many of the expenses related to your loans.

Here are some of the most overlooked deductions that can help you get a tax refund:

  • Mileage deduction - if you drive more than 12 kilometers to work, you can potentially get a deduction for every extra kilometer you drive.
  • Travel deduction - if you have stayed away from home for more than 24 hours, you can potentially claim a deduction - even if your employer has paid for food and accommodation
  • Buying and selling a home - if you have bought or sold a home, there are a number of different expenses you can potentially deduct - such as "guarantee commission" or "differential interest" paid to the bank
  • Craftsmen's allowance - if you have had various domestic help such as cleaning and gardening, or have had craftsmen's services such as energy saving, burglar alarm installation or broadband, you may be eligible for an allowance
  • Loans of less than 2 years - if you have taken out a short-term loan that you will pay back within 2 years, you can potentially deduct some of the costs of the loan. the loan

These are just some of the ways you can get a tax refund.

How do I avoid tax leakage?

A tax gap can occur if you have paid too little tax during the year. This may be because you have not declared all your income and deductions correctly, or because you have changed your deductions during the year without changing your advance information.

To avoid a tax penalty, it is important to check that your advance payment information is correct. If your situation has changed during the year, for example if you have a new job or bought or sold a house, make sure you change your advance payment details to reflect your current situation.

You can't just lower your expected income to avoid a tax cut. If you want to be even more sure of avoiding a tax cut, you can also adjust your income. However, not everyone has to set it lower than they expect (the figures below for 2022):

  • If you earn less than DKK 32 500 per month, you must set your income lower than expected to avoid a tax penalty. This is because your employment deduction (the deduction that is automatically calculated based on your income) will be lower.
  • If you earn between € 32 500 and € 50 000 per month, it doesn't really matter whether you increase or decrease your expected income. The tax is adjusted automatically.
  • If, on the other hand, you earn more than DKK 50 000 per month, you should set your income a little too high if you want to avoid a tax penalty. This is because you pay top tax rates and will therefore pay a little more tax over the year than necessary.

When will I get a tax refund?

You can expect to receive your money from SKAT during the month of April if you have reported all your information correctly and have not received a tax credit. If there is anything that SKAT needs extra information about, it may take longer before you receive your money.

See if you can get a tax refund in just 15 minutes.

In TaxHelper, we help you find the deductions you're entitled to. You answer a few simple questions that take just 15 minutes to complete.

Then we report the deductions, and you get an extra DKK 2,704 back in tax. At the same time, you only pay if you get a tax saving.

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