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  3. Minimum income for family reunification

    The German consulate website. 
  4. Taxation on gifts from family

    Thank you GaryC for your clear explanation of IHT from the UK side of things.   However, there is also the issue of 'gift tax' here in Germany which is not dependant on how long he lives.  His gift to me, which incidently he wishes to be split (unequally) between myself and my children (his grandchildren) has to be reported to the Finance Amt, but most of my children are still minors and do not have their own bank accounts.  Can the total sum be transfered into my account, but parts of it somehow recorded as 'belonging' to my children?   This gift would probably be tranferred into my UK bank account rather than arriving in Germany.  On this forum I have read suggested language to describe a gift, for example "Geschenk von Oma Peter an mein Enkel Thomas" which would appear in the bank statement, thus providing a clear and simple reference for the Finance Amt.  Do you think that if something similar appeared in my English bank statement (in English naturally) this would satisfy the Finance Amt?  I suppose it could be written in German...   And a last question; any recommendations on a Tax Advisor who is knowledgable on UK and German taxes who I could work with?  Apart from Thomas Zitzelsberger (who I am informed is not taking on new clients at the moment.)  
  5. Brexit: The fallout

    It's on the UK Gov I referred to above. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-points-based-immigration-system-employer-information/the-uks-points-based-immigration-system-an-introduction-for-employers    
  6. Brexit: The fallout

    Yes, I meant the transition period. I heard that the UK government wants to create a point system. Anyone who wants to live in the UK will have to earn a certain number of points. Points will be awarded for high education, knowledge of English etc. I am really curious how it will work.
  7. Things to ponder

    agree!
  8. Why are you happy today?

      A chunk of oak thats too good to burn... a 12€ socket with usb and a Aldi Led lamp with holder... 10€     looks ggod and fits in with my "rustical" plans!!
  9. This week we have a Toytown reservation for 7:30 pm at Kerala, PRINZREGENTENPLATZ 23 (corner Mühlbaurstr), 81675 München.  http://kerala-restaurant.de/ PLEASE NOTE: They have moved two blocks to where Columbo was next to the U-Bahn. Nearest station: Prinzregentenplatz U4 and 54, 58, 68, 100 Bus.   1. ex-essex (Paul) 2. LisaJK 3. 4. 5. Due to the latest Corona restrictions we are only allowed 5 people.   Please copy/paste the last list into the reply and add your name As Soon As Possible, at the latest 5 pm Wednesday.
  10. Things to ponder

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  11. Things to ponder

    yeah why else post about anything other than Trump derangement syndrome. 
  12. Things to ponder

      Just a random choice.  I liked the way it sounded.  Like 'Slobodia'.  But, it also is the FLOTUS's home country. 
  13. I'm planning on buying a rental property here and holding it for >10 years so that the profits are not taxed (in Germany) when I sell it. However, this would still be considered taxable gains in the US, right? (I'm still a US citizen) Would it make sense to start a company and buy the property through the business? The gains would stay in the business and I would only take relatively small amounts out yearly as additional income and pay tax only on that in the US. Most of it would be reinvested into other properties.
  14. The mind Ramschladen

    Well if all this is just lies and conspiracy theory then why is there NOTHING about it on literally all MSM? Normally if Trump spells something wrong it is global headlines 24/7. Now the BIGGEST scandal probably in US history for someone running for president and you hear nothing from CNN except "Debooonked".    This is so much fun. Trump has been the good guy all along.  Why did literally everyone love him until 2015 then hate hate hate. They spied on him they tore his life apart they lied day inand day out for 4years and all they got is that someone on his campaign did a dodgy deal 15yrs ago in the Ukraine and that he doesn't spell check.    Say it one more time for me? "Deboonked".    
  15. Areas of Hamburg?

      My girls are 3 & 6. Non-German speakers... for now anyway. I'd love to be in Hamburg proper but there are few houses and we really need a garden, also because I do love having BBQs (which I do all year round).
  16. The mind Ramschladen

    Imagine being a German in the 30's and saying "I don't hate Jews. I have nothing against them.  I am a good person. But I believe Hitler is doing great things for the economy.  Even though I don't agree or condone everything he says, he still has my vote".  This is what Republicans who support Trump sound like.
  17. Three-word story

    , as we say 
  18. The mind Ramschladen

      Don´t worry. Trump has this in the bag. Things will continue to get better for the average Joe ( LOL pun ). Some coastal elites seem to hate the idea.
  19. The mind Ramschladen

      Really scared that you will find out that it has been the Democrats all along that have been colluding with every dictator and his dog all along?
  20. The mind Ramschladen

    Is anyone with a US citizenship considering abandoning it?  I voted via mail but I'm not so certain my navigational correction will stir change there.  Maybe I've been stuck here too long but things there seem messed up. 
  21. Minimum income for family reunification

      UK Government website.
  22. Minimum income for family reunification

    I´m surprised to learn that you need to prove income for family reunifucation. I´ve always thought married couples are priviledged in that way as well. Where did you get that info from?
  23. Areas of Hamburg?

      Age of kids can have financial impact about where you live. For school going kids(6 yrs and more) , it will not matter where you live. However if your kids are in 3-6 years and you need to put them in kindergarten, then living in niedersachsen(Neu Wulmstorf, Buxtehude etc) will cost less than in hamburg. However sending younger kids ( 1 to 3 yrs) will be cheaper if one stays in hamburg. (I have no idea about childcare cost of schwelzwig holstein). 
  24. What made you smile today?

    I thought the same! Then I read this: https://www.express.co.uk/travel/articles/1349278/greece-holidays-thomas-cook-crete-travel-corridor-deals-october-2020-quarantine-latest    
  25. This week we have a Toytown reservation for 7:30 pm at Kerala, PRINZREGENTENPLATZ 23 (corner Mühlbaurstr), 81675 München.  http://kerala-restaurant.de/ PLEASE NOTE: They have moved two blocks to where Columbo was next to the U-Bahn. Nearest station: Prinzregentenplatz U4 and 54, 58, 68, 100 Bus. 1. ex-essex (Paul) 2. 3. 4. 5. Due to the latest Corona restrictions we are only allowed 5 people.    Please copy/paste the last list into the reply and add your name As Soon As Possible, at the latest 5 pm Wednesday.  
  26. Brexit: The fallout

    The death of the peace process is always because some people don‘t want peace and are just arseholes. I was actually just looking for something else and came across this piece of shit. I was looking for an old IRA guy who died last year or so and who had no qualms about having killed children. This piece of shit is no different: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/patrick-ryan-margaret-thatcher-ira-bomb-brighton-priest-northern-ireland-a9118056.html   I don‘t care what political differences people have - we all have opinions. Speak them! But leave out the violence. And no soldiers back there.  
  27. My wife and I are pretty young and she needs too prove she has sufficient income to support me to join her. I can’t find anything that states a specific amount. She doesn’t make much (about 1800 a month). But her rent is low (400)and has adequate space. That seems like plenty of net income to me but it’s not up to me. Does anyone have any information about this or can share their experience?
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