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About evildudette

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  • Location Friedrichshain, Berlin
  • Nationality English
  • Gender Female
  • Year of birth 1987
  1. Why are you happy today?

    I signed the biggest contract in my company’s history, and made 4 job offers to grow the team. Onwards and upwards!
  2. Why are you happy today?

    My cat’s heart is ok! This is a very pleasant surprise and means he is well enough to have the operation he needs, at which point he should be a properly healthy kitty for the first time in what I expect to be several years.
  3. Why are you unhappy today?

    I have to cancel a very much needed trip this weekend because my cat is sick. I’m at the point of burnout and desperately in need of a break, but I adopted a sick cat a few months ago and they just found a surprise heart issue that’s going to be expensive. Sigh.   As all the prices have now shot up i won’t be able to rebook either.
  4. Contract with company not based in Germany

    Alternatively ask them to hire you through a PEO until the German entity is set up. It isn’t the cheapest option but works well.
  5. A question for all you long-timers:

    I’m ten years in to a 6 week trip. I’m at the point where I would probably leave if I had anywhere else to go. Berlin is so transient that almost all the friends I made here are no longer here; I have to essentially ‘start over’ for the 4th time and I’m sick of it. My relationship did not survive lockdown and don’t get me started on dating in Berlin, especially in your 30s. I miss the food and friendliness of the UK, but I never wanted to live in London (which is one major reason I stayed) but realistically I would have to live there for my industry. Plus if I left and wanted to return, I literally couldn’t afford it given the massive hike in rent since I moved here. So I’m pretty stuck.
  6. What's got you flummoxed today?

    I went to a restaurant on opening night on Friday. It started raining and I got drenched, but I can tell you that I haven’t been that happy in months.
  7. What's got you flummoxed today?

    My favourite one was when I was waiting for important legal documents that I had to sign for. They didn’t come and I got notice that it had been delivered to a packstation, but not which one. I then went to 5 or 6 trying to find out where the damn thing was.
  8. Berlin Corona Vaccinations

    My appointment was booked for mid June but I just saw that they have availability for Moderna this week so I called up and changed it. Am quite excited!
  9. Kleinunternehmer and VAT questions

    Alex is not being treated as a Kleinunternehmer in terms of VAT. You do not make quarterly VAT filings as a Kleinunternehmer. Alex’s claim that they are a Kleinunternehmer is presumably based on predicted revenue but they have opted to register for VAT. When filling out the Steuerliche Erfassung you have to specifically opt in to get a VAT number if you have low revenue and then have to do your accounting accordingly.   edit: I’m relatively sure that once you opt to do VAT as a Kleinunternehmer you cannot change it for 5 years, but I may be misremembering that part. I think you should contact the Finanzamt to clarify your status.
  10. Kleinunternehmer and VAT questions

    When you are a Kleinunternehmer you can choose whether or not to register for VAT. From your post, it is clear that you did register. That means that you do charge VAT. While making over the revenue threshold obliges you to declare VAT, It isn’t the case that making under that certain revenue means you can’t charge VAT, but rather that you can declare that you aren’t going to under the legislation. So to answer your questions:   1. You charge VAT.  Whether or not you pay VAT depends on where you are buying from. If they do a ‘VAT free option’ such as Metro, you can use that. It’s just slightly different accounting. In the end you will pat the same. 2. Yes you can claim back VAT on expenses. 3. You do charge VAT. As you don’t understand the mechanism, I recommend you either pay someone to do the return for you, or invest a couple of hours paid time for someone to go through the Elster returns with you.
  11. Employer forcing me to travel and do illegal act

    This should probably be moved to the legal sub forum.   Out of interest, were you working for them onsite before the pandemic or have you always been remote?