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How does Tytle help me with my tax filings?

Filing taxes in one country can be a hassle; if more countries are involved, it often becomes a headache. Tytle makes this process as easy as it gets: you answer some questions, we take care of the rest. If you have an international profile, we first look at your "tax residence". In other words: what is the primary country in which you have to file? Then we'll ask some questions about your income, your expenses, and your assets. Based on your answers, we assign your case to the right tax advisor(s) in our network. Once you approve the price and the draft return(s), you're done. It's as easy as that. We can assist with any personal tax needs, whether simple or complex. If your case is difficult, you might have to answer a few follow-up questions. But we'll make sure the filings get done, seamlessly and without effort.

Which countries does Tytle support?

Tytle supports tax filings in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

What if I have to file tax returns in multiple countries?

We can assist with filing tax returns in multiple countries. Better still, that's exactly what we're good at. As part of our process, we first determine your tax residence: the primary country in which you have to file. Then we'll look at the sources of income: what is taxed where, and how can double taxation be avoided? Based on that, we'll assign your case to the right tax advisor(s) in our network, who are familiar with the tax laws of the countries involved. If consultation between the tax advisors is needed, they will work together to ensure that your filings are done correctly and efficiently. Rest assured that our team of experts will handle the process seamlessly, so you can file your taxes with confidence and ease.

Will Tytle prepare and submit my tax filings?

Tytle analyzes your (international) tax situation and then assigns your case to partner tax experts who will file in the countries where you have to. This means you'll become a client of the tax expert(s) in those countries. Tytle makes sure the whole process is easy, intuitive, and aligned cross-border between the tax experts (if more than one are involved). Of course, the tax experts are carefully selected to guarantee the highest level of quality.

Do I know in advance how much I have to pay for my tax filings?

Yes, Tytle will provide you with either a flat fee or a narrow price range before your case is assigned. Fees are based on the country (or countries) where you have to file and on the services you need. We may therefore ask you some additional questions to determine what the tax experts have to do for you, and what not. In exceptional circumstances, you'll receive an updated quote if your case is particularly complex.You can then decide to approve the updated quote, or to cancel the process and get a refund.

I'm self-employed, are you able to help me with my filings?

Yes, many of our clients are self-employed. Although the laws differ from country to country, clients with their own business often have to report this in their personal income tax filings. Our partner tax expert will then make sure your business income and expenses are declared in the return. If your business is a separate entity, a corporate tax filing needs to be submitted. In the latter case, we cannot always give you a quote beforehand, but all of our tax experts can send you one on request.

What is double taxation and how can it be avoided?

Double taxation is when you have to pay taxes on the same income in two or more countries. To avoid this, you can often use tax treaties between countries which can prevent you from paying twice, or at least lower the taxes to be paid.

What are tax treaties between countries and how do they affect my tax obligations?

Tax treaties between countries are agreements that decide how taxes will be allocated between the countries involved. These agreements can prevent double taxation, can lower taxes, and typically decide which country has the right to tax certain types of income. Tax treaties exist between many countries, but not between all.

What is the 183-days rule and how does it apply to me as an expat, digital nomad, or cross-border worker?

It’s a popular belief that you’ll become tax resident of a country when you spend 183 days or more there – and that you’ll avoid that if you spend fewer days in that country. In practice, tax residence is often (much) more complex than counting days. When you look at national rules that determine if someone is resident for tax purposes, you’ll often find many other criteria as well. Apart from determining tax residence, '183 days' is also a recurring threshold in cross-border work situations. Many countries have agreed between each other that working in another country for a limited number of days per year (often 183 or less) does not trigger taxation there. However, additional criteria often apply and therefore the 183-days rule is much less straightforward than often belived.

What is the difference between 'tax credit' and 'tax exemption' in tax treaties?

The tax credit method and the tax exemption method are both methods that are used in tax treaties to avoid that income is taxed twice (namely in the country of residence and in the country of source). The tax credit method allows someone to use the taxes paid in one country as a credit (a reduction) in the other country. For example, if you pay €10,000 in taxes on income in country A, you can lower the taxes on the same income in Country B with a similar amount of €10,000. If the taxes in Country B are €12,000, then €2,000 still has to be paid there, after using the credit. The tax exemption method, on the other hand, allows someone to not pay any taxes on income in Country B (in other words, to 'exempt' it from taxation) if taxes on that income were already paid in Country A. For example, if you pay €10,000 in taxes on certain income in country A, you pay no taxes at all on the same income in Country B, even if country B normally applies a tax of more than €10,000 on such income. In both cases, the goal is to avoid double taxation of the same income. However, the specific method used in the tax treaty can affect how much tax is ultimately paid and which country receives the revenue.

When is the best time to file your tax returns?

This depends on the country in which you want to file your tax returns. Deadlines for the submission of tax returns are often in April or May, but they could also be sooner or later in the year. By filing early, you will have enough time to address any complexities that may arise. However, if you need more time, it is possible to request a filing extension in most countries.

Can I contact a tax expert if I have a specific question?

Yes, a tax expert will personally help you with any questions you may have. It’s also possible that a tax expert reaches out to you in case follow-up questions arise. In case you need more than the preparation of a personal tax filing alone, like bookkeeping services, help with corporate tax, or advice on tax planning, the tax experts in our network are often able to assist you with that as well. If you let us know what you’re looking for, we’ll make sure you receive a plan and a quote that fit your situation.

Is the tax filing personal or can I add my spouse and/or children?

Depending on national legislation, joint filing with your spouse and/or children is possible.

Is my personal information secure?

Yes, your personal information is secure. When we process your data, and connect you with a tax expert, we comply with all relevant laws and regulations to ensure the security of your information.

What payment methods are accepted?

Tytle accepts a variety of payment methods through Stripe, including debit and credit cards, bank transfers, and e-wallets such as Google Pay, Apple Pay, and Link. The available options depend on the jurisdiction and may include VISA, Mastercard, AMEX, Diners, Cartes Bancaires, iDeal, Sofort, giropay, BLIK, ACH Direct Debit, Canadian PADs, and PIX (available from May 2023 in Brazil). Buy-now-pay-later methods, like Klarna, Afterpay, and Affirm, are not supported. For more information on the specific payment methods accepted in your jurisdiction, please visit the Stripe page at https://stripe.com/docs/payments/payment-methods/overview.

Do I need official documents to go through the tax filing process?

Tytle will not ask for any official documents if you use the tax simulation tools on the website. However, if you want to go ahead with actual tax filings, we will ask for a copy of an ID card, like a passport or a driver’s license. This is necessary for our partner tax experts to verify your identity, as may be required by national legislation.

Can you help if I need other services beyond tax filings?

Yes, the experts in our network can help you with a range of services in addition to tax filings, including immigration services, tax planning, business tax planning, accounting/bookkeeping, estate planning, applying for a(n) (expat) status, and other services that you may request. Our tax expert will work with you to fulfill your specific needs.

What's nationality-based taxation?

Nationality-based taxation is a system where a person's tax obligations are determined by their nationality, rather than their place of residence or source of income. In a nationality-based tax system, a person may be liable to pay taxes in their home country even if they live and work abroad, based on the principle that they are still a national of that country.

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