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  1. I've just posted a silly photo

    What are you looking at? Have you never seen a redhead before?
  2. Process of property purchase?

    I have bought two properties in Germany. This is how it worked each time:   Q1. When does the notar transfer the money to the seller? Property #1. The money was transferred directly to the seller, not through the notary. Property #2.  The money was transferred directly to the seller, not through the notary.     Q2. Also when does the the buyer receive the key to the property? Property #1. 30 seconds after I signed the contract and before I transfered the money. Property #2.  The property was a new build and wasn't finished yet, so I got the keys later on. There was a handover process.   Q3. When does the Makler receive the Provision? After handing the key or before? Property #1: After signing. Usually maklers introduce a clause in the sale contract about when they should be paid. Property #2: After signing.   Q4. How long does it take before a property is registered to the buyer's name in the Grundbuchamt? Property #1: I can't remember really. I think a few weeks. Property #2: I can't remember really. I think a few weeks.
  3. De-register as Freelancer (providing evidence)

    They are asking for capital gains, profit or loss, not "revenue". So, the way I see it:   Capital gains: What you made selling the equipment you are no longer going to use minus what the equipment cost you.   Profit/loss: Your revenue (what you billed and received from clients) minus your costs (travel, postage, phone...)
  4. "Publizist"  is one of the professions that make you eligible for the KSK. Maybe they will accept you under your advertising work. I am a desktop publisher  and graphic designer for banks and business consultants and not all of what I do is particularly creative--most of it is just prettifying PowerPoint presentations--and I got accepted in the KSK. I would apply anway.     In that case, I can't see how it makes sense for you to move the whole family to Berlin. You'd pay higher insurance premiums, higher social contributions and more tax, and would almost most certainly make less money than in New York.
  5. Brexit: The fallout

      I presume that will mean that we EU citizens will be treated the same way when travelling to the UK.    This story is somewhat related to this: My better half told me last week that a colleague of his who is an Italian citizen and has lived in the UK for over 20 years was asked how long she intended to stay the last time she came back to the UK from holiday. The question was apparently prompted by her Italian passport having been issued by the Italian consulate in London, rather than in Italy. She was questioned about why her passport had been issued in London, how long she'd been in the UK, what she did there, and the rather impertinent "how long she intended to stay". I wasn't told what she responded (a polite version of "none of your fucking business", I hope), but this suggests that some UK border guards might already like to pretend that the UK has already left the EU.
  6. No, you won't be taxed twice as there is a treaty to avoid double taxation between the US and Germany   See Article 6 (income from immovable property).   The taxation rights lie with Germany.      My understanding is that you'd only have to pay taxes on the rental income as a resident in the States if the taxable amount in the States were higher than the German one. So if the tax owed to Germany were 5.000 euros and the tax owed to the US were 5.400 you would pay 5.000 to Germany and 400 to the US; if the tax owed to Germany were 5.000 euros and the tax owed to the US were 4.000 you would pay 5.000 to Germany and nothing to the US.   I would personally consider investing the US rather than Germany. Your tax affairs would be simpler if you limit your income to the US if you are going to live there.
  7. Amazon account created using my name/address

      You probably have two-step authentication turned on for one but not the other. Both my US and DE accounts behave the same way and ask for a verification code.
  8. Living in Offenbach

      I think Luke meant for you to check out the area. I live in Offenbach but I don't know that particular area.    I don't see why there would be any problems there, other than like a lot of Offenbach it's poorly served by public transport. You only have buses going there. No trains, trams or U-Bahn. That's also unlikely to change as the city of Offenbach is notoriously broke and it doesn't have the money to build an underground line to connect the S-Bahn stations in the north to the under-served south.
  9. Cheddar cheese from Lidl and elsewhere

      Same here (Rhein-Main area).   When it's in stock buy a mountain of it. You can keep it in the crisper for months and months and it only gets better with age (scientifically tested by me).
  10.   No, for example my own country (Spain) strips its own nationals of their citizenship if they take another citizenship, for example. There are some exemptions but that's the general rule and it happens automatically.   Germany pretty much does the same thing.
  11. Easy to open (preferably free) bank account

      There's N26 UK and N26 Germany. You are referring to N26 UK (which offers a UK sterling account) and requires a UK address but Panda's link is to the German N26, which is the one you want (euro account).   Tallicame's statement that you need a German postal address is incorrect. They'll send you the card to any of these countries:    
  12. What have you learned today?

      Crap! Only ten years to go for me to become a terrified, clueless idiot foreigner. I'll try to make the best of them!
  13.   I see the point of her never having visited the country, or held a Bangladeshi passport, or it not being  Bangladesh's fault that she became radicalized, but from a technical point of view all that doesn't matter.   If she's Bangladeshi and Bangladesh refuses to recognize that she's a citizen, she needs to challenge that in court in Bangladesh. If she's not Bangladeshi, she needs to challenge the UK's decision to strip her of citizenship in the UK.   I have to wonder why her family's lawyer isn't taking this to court if it's actually the case that the Home Office acted unlawfully. Instead, he's asking the HO nicely that they please "reconsider". Either he doesn't think himself that the HO acted unlawfully or he's stupendously incompetent.
  14.     From what I've been reading in the press, the Bangladesh government claims that she isn't a citizen because she was never registered at the consulate and they "don't know about her", but there doesn't seem to be a requirement in her case.
  15. Apartment problems/Landlord

      That's not something you need to worry about. Your boyfriend can visit you as much as he wants and you are entitled to give keys to your apartment to any anyone trustworthy.   The line is drawn:   1. You boyfriends stays with you continuously for longer than six weeks. 2. You put your boyfriend's name on your mailbox. Don't do that. Your landlady could then rightfully claim that he lives there.   I can't think of anything else off the top of my head. You can have your boyfriend staying with you every weekend, or during the week, or for two weeks or one-week on / one week off. You don't have to tell your landlady and neither should you. It's none of her business.
  16. Pregnant without legal status in Germany

      Have you considered the possibility that the child is not yours? It's plausible.    
  17.   Or she could just... ... WORK there! 
  18. Alternative titles of threads

    Looking for kitchen in the Munich area  
  19. Complete FAIL

      Phallus vulgaris nigra?
  20. I've just posted a silly photo

    We can now confirm that besides the new generation of EarPods, Apple will present new NosePods and EyePods at the 2019 Developers Conference.   Is this what everyone around you will look like on your next commute? 
  21. Mortgage, Rent, income, taxes...

      Not anywhere in Munich, apparently.
  22. Vollstreckungsankündigung and SCHUFA

    I am a scatterbrain and I sometimes forget to pay something to the Finanzamt on time. I've got a few of those during my stay in Germany, not to mention a handful of Vollstreckungsankündigungen because I never pay the TV license voluntarily. Neither has ever affected my credit record. I pay the Finanzamt and that's that.
  23. Working in Luxembourg, living in Germany

      Germany is not out of scope for your tax situation; it's just that Germany has no taxation rights to your employment income because your work is performed in Luxembourg.    If you have no other income you don't get taxed in Germany but filing tax returns is the way to tell the German Finanzamt that you have no other income. I understand that that may seem like overkill for you, and I sympathize with you. I don't know if you can just "declare" that you have "no income to declare" in a letter instead of submitting formal tax returns, sorry.   Maybe a Lohnsteuerverein can help you in this case? I am not sure if they can actually deal with cross border situations like yours though. If not, you'd have to either submit the tax return yourself or use a regular German accountant. I don't think you need some fancy tax advisor with knowledge of Luxembourg tax law. If your income comes exclusively from your Luxembourg employment, all that you or the accountant has to do is put that number in the box for foreign employment income (you won't pay tax on it anyway) and zero everywhere else.