Grabpflege - Costs per year and tax deductibility

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If a loved one has died, the relatives also wish a well-maintained grave all year round. But not everyone can take care of the grave care itself, because he is very busy for example, or the grave is far away from his own place of residence. In such a case, the local cemetery office and thus the cemetery gardener can be commissioned with the grave care. What are the costs, what is the best way of doing so and how can these costs be deducted from the tax?
grave design
The grave design should appeal to the bereaved, but should still be taken into account, which plants the deceased preferred. But since a grave is still in a community field, the cemetery, consideration must be given to the other survivors. So a certain unity is desired in each cemetery, but can vary greatly from one community to another. Just when the grave was given care in the cemetery gardening, then the cemetery gardeners keep here accordingly to the cemetery order and make this on the wishes of the bereaved, if these are not compatible with the guidelines of grave design. But the possible scope for the implementation of individual wishes in the bereaved remains still quite large.
Tip: Anyone who personally discusses his ideas of the grave bed with the cemetery gardener in writing and holds on to it, can trust that everything will be arranged according to his wishes. In this personal conversation, the gardener can also point out the guidelines of the cemetery and explain why one or the other wish may not be feasible.
Commission grave care
At each graveyard there is a cemetery gardening, which takes care of the entire plant but also the individual grave care, if it is commissioned hereby. Not everyone has the opportunity to always be there and take care of the grave for themselves. Even if particularly easy-care plants were cultivated on the grave, it must often be paid a visit to see if everything is still alright. If all this is put into the trusted hands of the cemetery gardeners with the commissioning of the grave care, there must be no more worries about it from the relatives. The tomb care, depending on what was contractually agreed:
  • the planting, which is changed according to the seasons
  • fertilize and water if necessary
  • remove dirt on the grave, such as weeds, leaves or branches
  • if sinking damage is found, these are remedied and possibly replanted
  • Cutting bushes, ground cover and small trees
  • permanent arrangements or wintergreen as jewelry
  • Grave decorations on specific, previously contracted dates
  • Dates can be the days of the dead or personal anniversaries
  • grave decorations include bouquets, wreaths, planters or arrangements
  • this will also be determined in advance
Tip: If the entire grave care in the hands of the Friedhofsgärtnerei laid, so relatives can always visit a well-kept grave. Because especially because the specifications of the cemetery are often strict, care is taken in the commissioned grave care on a particularly high quality and attractive appearance of the grave.
Grave-care costs

grave care

Of course, if a grave care is commissioned by a nursery, this will also incur annual costs, depending on the contractual agreement.
An example of how such a costing could look like:
  • Annual basic care for a two-digit grave about 190.00 Euro
  • Planting in spring, costs for plants about 30,00 Euro
  • Planting in summer, costs for plants about 30,00 Euro
  • Planting in autumn, costs for plants about 50.00 euros
  • Cost of earth, fertilizer, mulch and peat about 28,00 Euro
  • Pay for the planting could also be calculated additionally with about 9,00 Euro
  • Extra costs for desired arrangements, e.g. on the Sunday of death and / or birthday about 76,00 Euro
In this way, grave-care costs amounting to around € 400.00 are payable to the survivors in the year. If these annual costs are now calculated on the permanent tomb care of 25 years, then here by the 9,200.00 euros payable. But even the creation of a grave costs about 600.00 euros, as well as the renewal after 8 and 17 years, in which each again could cost about 600.00 euros. These 1,800.00 euros will be added to the 9,200 euros again. A permanent grave care for a two-digit grave, for example, from parents or grandparents can thus cost about 11,000.00 euros for 25 years. There are also costs for the risks of sinking and a management fee, which also have to be calculated. This bill, however, is just one example of what a long-term care over 25 years could cost survivors.
Tax deductibility
Are the costs of grave care tax deductible? Unfortunately, this question must be answered with a clear NO. Legislators assume that every taxpayer has to care for at least one grave and therefore almost everyone has to bear the costs. Whether a graveyard garden was commissioned here with the care of the graveyard or whether the bereaved ones care for the graves themselves does not matter in this case. Thus, the legislator sees the costs incurred as neither household services nor as exceptional charges and thus strictly rejects a tax relief. A special exception could be here only if the tomb to be cared for is on their own property, which will occur very rarely. Although the burial costs can be specified and deducted under the extraordinary burdens, the annual costs for grave care can not be deducted.
Take precautions yourself

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Even those who do not yet have to deal with death, can already make provisions during his lifetime and thus relieve his survivors of a big decision. In addition to the type of funeral, this also includes an indication of the desired grave planting. Through a fiduciary provision contract with the responsible cemetery office the survivors can also be taken the burden of the costs incurred for the grave care. For here, the costs of grave care are already paid during lifetime to a trust account. The graveyard gardener then takes the money for the agreed care of the graves in the event of death. As a rule, relatives do not incur any additional costs in such a case. But what should be considered when making your own provision:
  • set up a pension agreement while still alive
  • this can be closed with a permanent tomb care facility
  • This permanent tomb care facility commissions a contractor on site with grave care
  • Regular checks on the contractual services are carried out by the authorized cooperatives or fiduciaries
  • In this way, the survivors are spared costs and regular checks
  • the fiduciary accounts are created reputable and long-term
  • the desired grave care over the agreed term is thereby secured
Tip: If you care what your grave looks like later on, you should take this opportunity during your lifetime and take some precautions. Those who do not have enough money for this, but do not want to burden their survivors with the costs of tomb care, can also make the will to be buried in the open countryside in his will. This is already offered in many cemeteries, the grave care is omitted in such a case completely.
An external grave care can be expensive, but not necessarily. Especially when the bereaved the decision was taken by the deceased even in his lifetime and he has personally taken care of his future grave care. In this way, the survivors usually do not incur any costs, as they have already been paid into a trust account for use in grave care over a period of time. Otherwise, the bereaved should eventually agree to maintain the grave in their own responsibility and make it as easy to maintain as possible. Especially if the grave is located at the place of residence of a bereaved, this is definitely the cheaper solution, because every service that is made by the cemetery garden, also costs its price. In addition, the costs of grave care are in no way tax deductible.

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