garyh911

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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. Riots in Stuttgart

    Stuttgart is almost as bad as Berlin or Hamburg.  Surprised?   "Forty percent of Stuttgart’s 600,000 residents (or 60 percent of people under the age of 18) come from abroad, twice the national average.  "
  2. 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.