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  2. Is Prince Harry revolting?

    Meghan survived royally on her own before she met Harry.   Just saying.
  3. Why can't the official tester leave one for you to do yourself or have a nurse do it if you aren't one?   It can't be that complicated. Soon we can buy them in Aldi.
  4. Coronavirus

      If you had more sub-centres located in the city people would not need to go there by car, and for those without cars would not need to risk possibly lengthy travel by S-bahn and then a service bus. You have to register centrally online in advance to get an appointment for the vaccine anyway so it should only require much checking of documentation. I accept that a single large centre can offer efficiencies of size but not much use if people find it inconvenient to get to it and fail to honour or postpone appointments.
  5. Schools: Phorms, Accadis, and Others

    14 international schools... some are bilingual. But from experience, even the non-bilingual have a few lessons per week in German. https://www.international-schools-database.com/in/frankfurt-am-main  
  6. Brexit: The fallout

    Its so obvious that Boris' strategy all along was 'Get Brexit Done' (with large bulldozer for special effect) and worry about the detail later.  Now we've got to the detail. Boris is all about bluff your may past the next newspaper headline and don't worry about what happens after.    The appointment of Frost as Brexit Minister looks to be a complete disaster.  The bloke seems to enjoy rubbing everyone in Europe up the wrong way. I imagine he's the sort of bloke who walks into a social gathering and everybody starts shuffling away to the next table.  The trouble is, he can probably live with any big time fall out with the EU. It will be British businesses and us as British nationals, who will suffer the most. And the people in Northern Ireland, although some of them have only themselves to blame for the situation that has arisen there.  If the EU Parliament do refuse to ratify the treaty, just hope it doesn't have implications for Citizens Rights which are contained in the Withdrawal Agreement, though that would be spreading the misery very widely.        
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  8. Only in America...

      Haven't they left?
  9. Changing locks

    No need for lawyers Letter..  Ask the Hausverwaltung to write him a Letter informing him that He is in posession of their property...    Befor buying a new lock, remove old lick and measure it's length and then the distance betwwe the hole and each end of the lick/cylender... 
  10. Rolling 7 day average is 175.000 nationally.  That's pathetic, at that rate it will be Sept 2022 before the program is complete. This slow pace is just asking for trouble with variants.  They've either deliberately slowed down the pace or are incompetent in their planning starting when they first bet on Merck. National gaslighting.  
  11. Tax refund claims for building a house

    Nope. Demolition has nothing to do with improving or maintaining an abode, which are the only reasons why the domestic service tax deduction is offered.
  12. Anyone living in Germany but working remotely?

    Many thanks dw71111.  I will be in Germany full time this tax year over 183 days and still come back for meetings to germany from Ireland although no apartment after July.  Would I tax income in Germany for the whole 2021 year then start the 2022 year through the Irish department, if my HR are happy with me remaining on a German contract for 2021 while I work remote?
  13. What made you laugh today?

    on the same topic  
  14. Child capital gains, ETF, PFIC regulations

      Yep.
  15. Depression - Probezeit - Can I take time off?

    Let's analyze this. Either: You don't have the required skills for your job You have the required skills, but need support at start You are doing a great job but suffering from "impostor symdrome" Solutions: Accept this is the wrong job and move on Talk with your boss and "demand" better support Cheer up! You're doing great! Pop a bottle and celebrate! Now the hard part is knowing which one is right. The trick here is communication. Talk as soon as possible with your boss and explain your doubts. No crying! Germans don't support weakness! Victim play does not work here! Be strong and organize the meeting in detail, write all down! You can start slowly by asking general questions on how he feels about your work. Then you move to specifics and say you are having problems with some tasks (be specific! concrete examples!) and ask for help. If it becomes clear that you dont have the skills to perform, then it's 1. If you have the skills but need help starting up, then it's 2. If your boss is super happy, then it's 3.   I didn't cover the possibilities that your boss doesn't care or he is an asshole, but let's keep it simple for now.
  16. Images copyright for cultural event poster&merch

    Thanks @dstanners!
  17. Relocating nearby to Munich

    and in those 15years... you will have invested 375 thousand euro in your landlord!   ( assuming you stay where you are...)
  18.   So, so familiar. Always wondered where those massively bussomed ladies got their bras. Still wondering actually.
  19. Is anybody cutting their own hair?

    easy: take clippers, or scissors, and start cutting if you're a total newb - watch youtube "how to's". I personally made one for you (and others) - if you speak enough German.
  20. Filing a tax return - help on how to file

      Yes.   The reason is so that the proper rate of tax can be applied to the income she earned as a German tax resident in the year she moved here. This is known as "Progressionsvorbehalt".  
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  22. Some points you might want to consider:   1. Germany has regulations about controlled trading companies, i.e. those which are registered elsewhere but are owned/managed/run by an person who is taxable in Germany. Probably either the 1/3 shares OR that you take an active part likely brings you under this definition. In such cases, the company is considered to be taxable in Germany. I have no idea how the other 2/3rd share ownership then works out. Probably this is a band outcome, to the extent I would not bother.   2. You can't draw a salary in the UK which is not PAYE. Payments from companies are either PAYE or Dividends. PAYE is sort of taxable in Germany, in that it bumps up the overall rate you pay on your German income (it's call Progression). Dividends are taxable as share income which is 25% minus the percentage paid elsewhere. There may be differences in dividends vs salary with regard to social contributions, but I don't know enough to comment here.   One point I am not clear on is the rate paid on dividend income in the UK given you have German income. Would you be a basic or higher rate UK tax payer? The difference is a 7.5% or 32.5% dividend rate, so I guess it matters quite a bit. So I guess the divdend rate (Germany+UK) will be between 25% and 32.5%.   3. The UK left at end of 2020, so it's no longer EU regulations on double taxation. Thus is a UK trading company even still a valid thing for a German tax resident? I did once look into running a GmbH (I am a freelancer) and it seemed a serious nightmare by comparison.   4. You may wish to consider not owning/managing the UK company, but simply working for it as a consultant. That would be a freelance role and kick off the freelance side. There might be 'restart' help available for taking up such a new business.   Hope this helps.
  23. Brexit, New residence permits

      It is within Schleswig-Holstein - at least within our Kreis (they wrote just before Christmas stating this). The rest supposedly takes place automatically.   However, 2 years ago (2019) I had submitted the Application for a Residence Permit...
  24. 401k & Roth Liquidation Assessments

    @Osrt   What PandaMunich said.   Once you have filed an Einspruch and preserved the issue, your next task will be producing evidence of your contributions to both your Roth and 401(k).   All contributions to a Roth are from previously taxed income.  Thus, the taxable portion of a (complete?) liquidating distribution will be relatively simple:  Total - contributions = taxable Kapitalerträge.   The 401(k) is a bit more complicated and the jury is still out on some aspects of German taxation.   Contributions by you and employer made prior to 2008 should be regarded in Germany as contributions for which you did not receive (and prior to 2008: could not receive) any German tax (deferral) benefit and should thus not be included in your German taxable income when distributed to you on liquidation.   Post-2008 contributions are another matter.  However, if these were made after 2008 but before you became a German tax resident these contributions also provided you with no German tax (deferral) benefit and should also be regarded as the functional equivalent of a non-taxable "return of capital" when included in your liquidating distribution.   Besides the necessity of substantiating your contributions you may also have to reckon with the intransigence of the FA on an issue that it lost on in a recent court case but which it is currently appealing, to wit:   The FA is arguing that even contributions that produced no German tax deferral should nevertheless be considered taxable upon distribution on the theory that if the taxpayer had been a German taxpayer they could have obtained deferral if they had so chosen.  In my view (and in the view of the German tax court in the first instance) this is preposterous. But  . . .the FA is still going to argue its "woulda, coulda, shoulda" theory on appeal.   The case details (in case your Steuerberater/Anwalt is unaware of it are:   Finanzgericht Köln, 11 K 2738/14 Datum: 09.08.2018 Spruchkörper: 11. Senat Entscheidungsart: Urteil Aktenzeichen: 11 K 2738/14 ECLI: ECLI:DE:FGK:2018:0809.11K2738.14.00   Nachinstanz: Bundesfinanzhof, X R 29/18     Don't worry about that now, though.  Get your Einspruch filed ASAP and then start gathering your contribution evidence.    
  25. US expat tax filing and German pension funds

      No FBAR filing requirement unless the "account" - like some life insurance policies and annuity contracts - has a cash value that you can tap on demand.
  26. Mold dispute with the landlord

    I agree with krakp that reaching out to the tenants association (mieterverein) is a good bet (if you are already a member). They have lawyers there that can give you free advice.   If you already have an invoice from the landlord, then you might want to contact your private liability insurance (if you have one). They are usually quite good at debating the cost of damages in your favour.    You could, of course, reach out to a lawyer on your own. I am not sure how much it will cost, but lawyers are expensive, so expect anywhere between 50 - 400 Euros per hour (plus other admin fees).    Generally, German law is quite lenient towards tenants. So provided that the mould is not your fault, then it's hard for the landlord to evict you or make you pay for any repairs. The exception is if there is a clause that makes you liable in your contract.    Mould can be difficult to keep out once it's formed, especially for smaller, less airy flats. I know someone who suffered from a broken pipe, had mould growing on a wall in one room as a result, and even after airing and painting over the wall, the mould just kept coming back.
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