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About garyh911

  • Birthday 05/23/1951

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  • Location Dresden
  • Nationality American
  • Hometown Brewster, NY
  • Gender Male
  • Year of birth 1951
  • Interests Travel, Gardening, German history, teaching English

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  1. Does anyone know if landlords are legally required in Germany to periodically check water quality for Legionella or other bacteria and chemicals?  Ours had been checked a few years back but nothing recently.
  2. Is anybody cutting their own hair?

    I've been cutting mine since last March of 2020.  I bought a hair cutting kit and since the Friseur didn't want to do Hausbesuch, the hell with her.  It looks good enough for me.  And I cut my wife's hair too..  Saved a couple hundred euros !!
  3. My wife and I have lived in Germany for almost 3 years. She is a German national who had lived in the US for 17 years and then wanted to come home to go to a Berufsschule for retraining as a Arzt Assistenin. She will be finished this year but for this type of job the yearly pay is only about 12K €. I will be 62 this year and can start collecting Social Security - about US$20K if I take it now.   The question is - if I get US Social Security do I have to pay German or US income tax on it? In the US, the $20K or so that I would get per year would not be taxed because of the small amount. Since this money was neither accumulated during a life of working in Germany or paid to me by the German government I don't see why it should be taxed here. And I'm sure I'll get soaked for taxes here! I know I will have to claim the income to TK for my medical insurance so there is no point in trying to hide it - they know that by 65 or 66 I will certainly be taking it.