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  2. I woke up blind in one eye this morning

      Hi John, how big is the hole? Is that something they will be able to laser? As well as the detached retina in my left eye, the retina in my right eye also had multiple "perforations" which were laser welded closed again. It wasn't a particularly nice experience but better than the inevitable detachment!
  3. Brands of fully automatic coffee machines

    Ideas on a good coffee machine for ground coffee/beans?  Thinking about making such an investment.  
  4. Thank you very much! I'll check this with the Finanzamt.  6000 Euros means turnover for 2022 according to quoted section, right?
  5. I woke up blind in one eye this morning

    Thanks, Red. It seems there is a hole in the retina🙁
  6. What about setting up as a GmbH? Then you can work for whoever you want, as much as you want, without worrying about Scheinselbstständigkeit.
  7. Additional health insurance during pregnancy

    Tk pay only for 3 Ultrasounds. The rest are totally depend on your Op/gyn. For me she always charged me for the additional ultrasound if I ask for. So basically if I don't pay I won't be aware of the baby's health and growth. In addition while I do not have cat and I only one time visit a family who had a cat and I even did not touch it she asks for toxoplasmosis test every 8 weeks and I have to pay out of pocket. Unfortunately changing doctor in the middle of pregnancy is another catastrophe in Germany because basically all doctors refuse to accept you with the excuse that their patient list are full. At least it was what I have experienced. 
  8. Winter Fuel Payment

    Well, it is meant for those Resident in the UK! Not just visitors.
  9. I woke up blind in one eye this morning

    John- Eye surgeons are amazing and so much they can do to resolve issues.  Keep positive and wish you well.
  10. What's got you flummoxed today?

    That Rishi Sunak, Elon Musk and King Charles III are nominees for Time magazine's "Person of the Year" award.
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  12. What gives ? I am guessing that the contractor is tempted by the immediate gains, i.e. gross salary to do as he likes with... to pay contributions or not... possibly in a state of semi ignorance. And the temptation of trying to outsmart the system in the short term. You are faced with a catch 22 situation. My BIL has been in this situation a couple of decades. A right mess... his wife ended up sorting out when she realised he had not been paying pension contributions. So what are they going to live off when he retires ?
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  14. I woke up blind in one eye this morning

    9 am Station 2 E it is tomorriw morning. Packkng a bag now🙁
  15. ...now I am really curious... what is the industry you are working in? Aren't there any companies operating in Germany in that field? Could you try to work as a regular employee for a company located in Germany - maybe still "remote", from your home office?   Or, if your line of work is really something non-existant in Germany, just work any regular (part time) day job that you feel capable to do - and keep your freelancing as a side-gig to supplement the income.
  16. Hi!   In 2 weeks, my wife and I have an appointment for our newborn baby's first Aufenthaltstitel (since neither of us is German). We both have valid residence permits (mine being NE) and all 3 of us have valid passports.   2 questions: 1) Will we be able to travel outside EU/Germany right after the interview/appointment (not literally, but like few days after)? I.e. will our kid receive a paper that serves (for a limited time at least) as a proof that it has a valid residency in Germany, in case the officers ask on the way back ? Normally, we got it on several occasions when we needed to apply/extend our own permits, and they were usually valid for almost 3 months.   2) Will the baby get NE as well (since I have it), or both parents have to have it ? I.e. she receives the temporary permit instead.    Thanks in advance !    
  17.   VAT-charging in 2022: Sorry, but then you're VAT-charging in 2022, because: 6.000€ / 3 months (October to December 2022) * 12 = 24,000€ > 22,000€ limit. If what you do is economic consulting, i.e. "Wirtschaftliche Unternehmensberatung", see the very end of this list: https://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/ustdv_1980/anlage.html --> you can get back - instead of the real VAT from services/items that you bought for your business in 2022 - a VAT reimbursement based on the average VAT reimbursement of all "economic consultants" of: 1.7% * net_turnover_received_in_2022, but only on net turnover on which you earned German VAT for the Finanzamt, i.e. not on the reverse-charge turnover Since you say you did not buy expensive things in 2022, getting 1.7%*turnover may be more advantageous to you than claiming for the "real" VAT of your business purchases.   However, not getting the "real" VAT but instead this "average" VAT is only possible if you really have one of the privileged professions from the above list, the legal source for this is § 23 UStG in conjunction with §§ 69, 70 UStDV.   And it is only possible as long as the yearly turnover on which you earned German VAT during the past year is up to 61,356€, see §69 (4) UStDV: https://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/ustdv_1980/__69.html   **************************************************************************************************************************************************   Kleinunternehmer in 2022: The only thing you could do to still be classified as a Kleinunternehmer in 2022 is tell the Finanzamt that your Gründungsdatum (which was supposed to be the date you start even preliminary actions, not just the date you really started working) was in reality 20. August 2022.   If they agree, your pro-rated estimated 2022 turnover would be: 6,000€/5 * 12 = 14,400€ < 22,000€ Kleinunternehmer limit and you could be a Kleinunternehmer in 2022. Please also read: https://www.haufe.de/finance/haufe-finance-office-premium/kleinunternehmer-22-umsatzgrenzen-bei-neugruendung_idesk_PI20354_HI1342178.html    If you see on 31. December 2022 that the turnover (excluding the reverse charge turnover, since that does not count towards the 22k€) that you received in 2022 exceeded 22,000€, you will lose Kleinunternehmer status immediately. Which means that you will have to start charging German VAT in your non-reverse-charge invoices from the very next day, i.e. starting with 1. January 2023!
  18. I woke up blind in one eye this morning

    Sorry to hear the bad news John. Good luck.
  19. No, I have not bought expensive things. 
  20. Gründungsdatum is 03.10.2022 I filled the Fragebogen through Sorted in English. The submitted registration form which was submitted and sentby Sorted. In my registration form, it seems the section Kleinunternehmer-Regelun is missing as far as I remember it was indicated "optional" and I did not mark anything on the platform.       
  21. @alaca What "Gründungsdatum" did you state in your Fragebogen (around line 87)? And what did you state in the section "Kleinunternehmer-Regelung" (around line 123)?   Have you bought expensive things for which you want the VAT back? This is only possible if you're VAT-charging.
  22. I submitted by Fragebogen on 20th August 2022, but my official start to freelancing is 03.10.2022. And, yes I've issued one invoice to a company with a valid VAT ID number, so the Reverse Charge was applied. I have not issued an invoice to these two Vereine, just trying to be sure how to proceed.      I am sharing the respective lines from my Fragebogen:  1."Angaben zur Festsetzung der Vorauszahlungen (Einkommensteuer, Gewerbesteuer) Voraussichtliche Einkünfte aus Selbständiger Arbeit  Steuerpflichtige(r) im Jahr der Betriebseröffnung: 5.400  Steuerpflichtige(r) im Folgejahr: 22.500"  2."Angaben zur Anmeldung und Abführung der Umsatzsteuer" Summe der Umsätze (geschätzt)  im Jahr der Betriebseröffnung: 6.000  im Folgejahr: 24.000" 3."Angaben zur Anmeldung und Abführung der Umsatzsteuer" Summe der Umsätze (geschätzt) im Jahr der Betriebseröffnung: 6.000 im Folgejahr: 24.000"  In this case, am I recognized as Kleinunternehmer or not?  Although I have this estimated turnovers, I may not have the amount of 5500Euros in 2022 unless I can not issue my invoices.   
  23. @alaca What start date and what estimated turnover (Umsatz) did you fill into your "Fragebogen zur steuerlichen Erfassung", with which you informed the Finanzamt that you want to start freelancing and with which you applied for the freelance tax number that you have to mention in all your invoices? This turnover is pro-rated, so if you filled in a start date of 03.10.2022, you would only be a Kleinunternehmer if you had filled in 5500€ or less as the estimated 2022 turnover (Umsatz), since 3/12 * 22,000€ = 5,500€. If you filled in a start date of 01.07.2022, then up to 11,000€ turnover (Umsatz) would still make you a Kleinunternehmer in 2022. If you filled in a start date in January 2022, e.g., 15.01.2022, then up to 22,000€ turnover (Umsatz) would still make you a Kleinunternehmer in 2022.   Have you issued any invoices yet in 2022?   Please note that only money that you receive in 2022 (= date it enters any of your worldwide bamk accounts) counts as 2022 turnover. So if you issue an invoice in 2022 and the client only pays it in 2023, that is 2023 turnover.
  24. Considering the OP insulted people on here who didn't take his side (telling people to shut up, calling them f'n cowards and telling people they need to have a f'n backbone) I would say that he is well known to the Police in his local area as it seems this is his usual behavior if things don't go his way or people don't agree with him.   The bus driver would have described him to the Police (American, described his and the dog's appearance) along with his behaviour (insulting, name calling) and the Police would have known who it was.
  25. Thank you very much, PandaMunich. I started to work officially as a freelancer on 03.10.2022, my estimated income for the year of 2022 way below 22k€, while it is just a bit more than 22k€. In this case, can I be recognized as Kleinunternehmer?Does the recognition of Kleinunternehmer depend on the year of turnover? 
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