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About Feierabend

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  • Location Brandenburg
  • Nationality British
  • Hometown London
  • Gender Female
  1. Brexit: The fallout

    Bring on Basil for a new series - Fawlty Brexit!
  2. Why do you invest in property??

    You should be so lucky. That is the fixed interest period for the rate quoted. After that you renegotiate. You are quoted a high interest rate because you're not putting in Eigenkapital. Since you are earning well, don't understand the language and seemingly clueless, I think you'd be well advised to book a session with an English speaking advisor. (speaking as a clueless person who often learned the hard way .)
  3. What do you wish you'd known / done before moving to Germany?!

    Oh, interesting, I've never seen that on any butcher's counter. Was it sold fresh as a lump of fat, or in a packet like Atora? That has various dry ingredients added to, I suppose, make it easy to work. I've never actually asked a butcher, as one way or another I've managed to manage the supply!
  4. What do you wish you'd known / done before moving to Germany?!

    The only food "necessity" I can't get here now is suet for our yummy dumplings. And convenient jars of mince for Christmas, (but that's not difficult to make.) Even Pimms has made its way into the local Rewe!
  5. Turkmenistan bans black cars from 2018

    White is the colour of mourning, sadness etc. in many cultures. Oh, the implicit racism ...   Probably the ruling eejits who imposed the law have the paint monopoly and ran out of black paint.
  6. Land Tax on apartment in Berlin

    I'm sure a letter from the Neukölln Finanzamt will be winging it's way to you! Just to set your mind at rest, you have been told the truth and it isn't a huge amount. Roughly it's based on a notional value of each property, the Einheitswert, (which is far less than the real value), multiplied by a set factor, I think 3.5%, multiplied by the percentage laid down by the local authority which you can find out by googling Grundsteuer Neukölln. Or google Grundsteuer  berechnen if you understand German. I expect someone more competent than I will turn up to explain properly! We bought a flat in Berlin recently and have a house elsewhere and in neither case is it huge.
  7. House buying from private - I don't get it

    Maybe it's because they would open themselves up to Maklers pestering for business? The Maklers around here seem to have precious little on their books, their websites are just full of fantasy not-yet-built properties from developers. Their bricks and mortar offices have just a few yellowing photos in their windows. 
  8. Brexit: The fallout

    Whilst I understand your anger, I don't see the point of losing friendships over the issue. What good does that do anyone?   I, and thousands of others, had no vote at all. 
  9. Brexit: The fallout

    Yes, my mum used to get the prove you are still alive forms every once in a while, and used the local bank manager who signed it for free.  Not unreasonable really, one not infrequently hears about rellies or partners of a deceased claiming their benefits for years, and not from abroad either.
  10. Hätte, hätte, Fahrradkette!

    I do things at the weekend.  
  11. Or you could spend 3 days in the Harz Mountains e.g. using Wernigerode or Quedlinburg as a base. Picturesque, wild,  historic, half-timbered houses and crooked streets galore, probably snow ...
  12. Registering at GP (family doctor)

    Just turn up at a GP (Hausartz) surgery with your insurance card. You don 't register as such here so you can change docs without fuss if you want to. At mine I can always see a doc at short notice if I'm prepared to hang around.
  13. How to appeal a Finanzamt income tax judgement

    THM; basically yes, but it's not straightforward. (Is it ever!)   Panda, warm thanks again!
  14. How to appeal a Finanzamt income tax judgement

    Thank you Panda. We, (normally generous minded people!) wouldn't feel too many pangs of sympathy giving the particular Beamter a bit of extra work, given the levels of anxiety and anger he's caused us. It would seem silly to sign away the right to appeal to court, should we decide to do so.   I've been reading as best as I can in German about going to law, and I think I understood that we would have to file the case within one month of receiving the Fa decision. Would that be the present letter, in which they do present their reasons? It is not titled " Ablehnungsbescheid" but simply starts,  "Ihre Einsprüche sind nach meinen Festellungen unbegründet" and then gives his reasons. (Sorry if it's blindly obvious but I gather that if one goes to court there are extremely strict deadlines and procedures to be observed.) Cheers.
  15. How to appeal a Finanzamt income tax judgement

    Old thread but the topic title fits.   We have been objecting to a Finanzamt decision which required us to repay quite a large amount, previously granted as tax rebates. We have repaid the sum, but with strong objections. Our Steuerberater has submitted the appeals against their decision, but to no avail. Today's letter from the Fa reiterates their decision and wants us to withdraw the appeal by the end of this month, and has sent a prepared form for this.  The (simple ?!) question is , what happens if we do not reply by their deadline? Will they just close the case automatically? Or will we start to incur costs with them? Morally we do not want to withdraw in writing an objection to a decision that we feel is wrong, and that even the Steuerberater says is very harsh.    ( The next legal step as I understand it would be to present the case to the Finanzgericht, but obviously this would be where legal expenses can escalate fast and the risks of failure carrying court costs... shiver...) I'll of course speak to the Sb. on Monday but would be grateful for any helpful food for thought. Thanks.