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About Smaug

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  1. Tax on foreign income

    Great tip, jeba.  I have used the year’s average in the past and that was also accepted. 
  2. Fantastic update, John!   Only in Germany so have so many scenarios that it is nearly impossible to cover them all so I have a question: What happens to the self-employed who become unemployed and are not eligible to receive ALG1 or ALG2. Can they return to being publicly insured under those circumstances?   I presume the answer is no, but I might be surprised.
  3. Politics Gen XYZ

      I can only agree with you. I actually have nothing against McDonalds. I am not a big fan of their burgers and I prefer to support independent hole-in-the-wall-type places when I want to eat cheap, but I occasionally indulge in Maccie D's breakfast. Yum!   I had sommer jobs in London hotels when I was a fresh-faced youth barely past 20 and I know exactly what some of their kitchens look like. One of these establishments in Bayswater created the illusion of (a little) poshness for the guests, but the horrors that went on behind the scenes would make your hair stand up on end. I was given the impossible task of cleaning the stoves and ovens in its kitchen. I never managed to get past getting the top layers of encrusted grease scratched. There were layers and layers of ancient grease that you couldn't have removed with a flame thrower. Besides the filthy state of the kitchen, the way the management treated us (the staff) was beyond shocking. I walked out after a couple of weeks. Not all places are like that, of course, another hotel I worked at in South Ken was absolutely fine in all respects. 
  4. Deregistered, TKK refuses to cancel health insurance

    It's also pointless for a Kasse to demand flight coupons as proof one has left Germany as you can move to another country by many other methods, and if you leave by car no ticket can be produced. (I've seen the date too).
  5. Brexit: The fallout

      But aren't those the watered-down (less accurate) consumer versions of the nav systems that the US (GPS) and Europe (Galileo) control and can limit access to at will?    My understanding is that the UK will no longer be able to control or have the right to a military-grade satellite positioning system, and that's something that weakens its position on the world stage. 
  6. The Snake Charmer gets bitten

    An heiress to the kingdom!   Thank you for sharing. We need happy pictures like these!   Congratulations to both parties involved.
  7. Politics Gen XYZ

    They can claim their whole menu is vegan then and charge twice as much as they are now.
  8. Taxes: only working from my small studio

    Flip the argument? What do you mean?
  9. Taxes: only working from my small studio

    I am not a tax expert in any way but common sense would dictate that you cannot use the space where you live as a business expense. That room is a necessity of life so you have it and need it whether you are working or not, hence, it's not a business expense.
  10. Questionnaire from Deutsche Rentenversicherung

    I must confess that I am also guilty of procrastinating dealing with telling the DRV about qualifying years that do not appear in my yearly report. In my case this is: University studies in Spain and the UK Employment in Spain, the US, and the UK I am kicking myself in the ass now to finally get this done.    Now, my question is, because I have just received a "Festsetzungsbescheid" from the DRV for the years up to 2013, do I need to contest it (Widerspruch) so that I can add stuff that happened before I moved to Germany, or can I just put together all the paperwork (which I am sure will take a couple of months in the best case scenario) and send it to them at my leisure? In other words, will it become impossible for me to add anything prior to 2013 to my record if I don't contest the "Festsetzungsbescheid" now?  
  11. Brexit: The fallout

      I think they are on a 9 to 5 shift today so don't hold your breath, unless Putin has them on overtime.
  12. Brexit: The fallout

      UK banks have sent letters to ex-pat Brits telling them their accounts will be closed before the end of the year. It's been reported by the BBC, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, the UK tabloids, members of this forum who have personally received these letters... What makes you believe this is all made up?
  13. Brexit: The fallout

      ¿Por qué no te callas?
  14. Brexit: The fallout

    The nonsense being spread by the 9:00 AM Petrograd troll farm shift is particularly batty today.