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Hi!, I want to know if I'm being overcharged by a tax accountancy firm and if so what my best options are to save on costs. I worked as a freelancer in 2018 and earned 15,000 netto from two…
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Dear Toytown Community, I am hoping you can assist. In 2018 I was working as a cycle courier with Deliveroo, I earned Brutto 15,082.50€ brutto. With business costs of 1131€ my profit was…
799 posts, 10:30 hrs
Every major construction project anywhere is controversial. It`s just that the big name ones get the publicity. Every time you build something it is going to interfere with someones life in some…
1 posts, 21 February
Hello, Can anyone recommend a lawyer in Berlin that speaks English well, to help with an issue in my renovated apartment that I bought 4 years ago and the lack of sound insulation installed in…
670 posts, 21 February
Thanks everyone! As I said, we just chose a color and went for it. They had a lot of swatches, too, but I picked out the last color that way and have hated it ever since. I don't think we can go…
5 posts, 21 February
Anything up to 20 km/h over the speed limit is just a warning and it is not worth to fight it. It will be something between 10€ and 35€. Above 20 km/h is different, it involves as well points and…
5 posts, 20 February
And make things much worse for him too. I am sure they are completely aware of people trying this, and would require photo ID. I know people who have tried to trick system re not having a ticket, but…
2 posts, 20 February
Hello all, We are new to the group and I've not been able to find information to help us with our research before moving to Berlin. We have savings on an investment platform which gives us a…
145 posts, 19 February
Friday 21st February 2020, 21:30 Monterey Bar Danziger Str. 61, 10435 Berlin, Germany goo.gl/maps/4kysdbuzv3w... High tables in the front bar. Meetup sign and inflatable red stonker on the…
8 posts, 17 February
Mine didn't work without the wave guard, and I got one off Amazon, fitted it myself (thank you, Youtube) and the microwave survived another 6 or 7 years (not that you care about more than the next 2…
2 posts, 15 February
Have you checked the terms and conditions for the gymn? Which one is it? Edit: If you want to end the contract make sure you do so within the time limit they give (and in writing, sent registered…
1 posts, 14 February
We at the Radical Frame Film Festival are proud to announce the eighth edition of SHORT FILM SERIES – Berlin, Germany. We are happy to present original and exciting short films movies from…
16 posts, 13 February
Cannot emphasize enough that you should NOT work with Mr Bosley. Aside from being rude and condescending, he made numerous major errors on our US tax return. Luckily we spotted the errors before the…
3 posts, 13 February
These charges are written into the contract you signed with your loan bank. The rate will be explained there. The bank has expected you paying interest for the next 10(?) years. They simply…
4 posts, 12 February
nope. As you point out, having an extra human in the apartment is not even a legit reason to increase. Nebenkosten, yes. not cold rent. you should join the mieterverein to get their support but…
1 posts, 12 February
Hey All! Anyone into the band Gorillaz? Our teen is... but finding fellow fans at school, in Xberg, is a little less likely than finding great Mexican food in Spandau. Also, anyone out there…
4 posts, 10 February
Welcome to Toytown, ryan! If I may say so, it is not only important that you can deal in English with a tax consultant in Germany but also that that person actually understands the issues facing…
5 posts, 9 February
I’ve never had to pay for one either. Given apparently the owner is moving back in and you aren’t leaving of your own volition, it would be in their interest to give you one. Also, good luck…
59 posts, 5 February
Interesting information. What about if one takes up a side job, which does not pay that much say 300 - 500 USD, whilst looking for a rightful job, how does this play out with the Finanzamt?
1 posts, 4 February
Hello, I am about to open a small Café in Kreuzberg, Berlin. The place that I have applied for with the landlord does not have Brandschutzplan (Fire protection plan) and I would like to find out…
1 posts, 4 February
Hi everyone, I'm a Canadian comic performing on Quatsch's show on Feb 11 and 12. There are 3 other comics too, going to be fun and hope to see lots of you stageside, here is the info about the show…
3 posts, 31 January
One of the first companies to introduce advanced AI inventory sorting/picking that will eliminate warehouse jobs is in Berlin. Evil American technology infects the German workplace...again.
3 posts, 30 January
Hey, I haven't been in Berlin for a long time, so I can't really remember the city that well. Going to visit it for 4 days in March. What would you recommend to do? Besides the touristic…
61 posts, 29 January
Dammit, FF! I've been singing Rocky Top since yesterday. Ran through every version I know in my head ending with Dolly's. Went from Dolly to Patsy. My wife won't understand a word I say when she gets…
4 posts, 29 January
Indeed. Crashing at a friend's still means she needs to give the adress where she is living as her address. Depending on the landlord her friend should be able to ask landlord if its ok to have her…
24 posts, 27 January
There are way too many Heilpraktiker who spoof to be more than just that... @AnaMorin, just make sure you state it clearly that you really have that qualification, and as such are not mistaken…
4 posts, 26 January
We had a wonderful discussion today of „Weil wir längst woanders sind.“ The next meeting will be on Sunday, 22 March from 12 to 2 pm to discuss „Isabel“ by Feridun Zaimoglu (Germany). We meet…
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German word of the day: Quatsch

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