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Posted 26 Jun 2012
I've got a fun day coming up tomorrow. I have to take a train to Bonn, then swing past an internet cafe or somewhere I can print out some documents, and then proceed to the Russian consulate to try and get a visa. The documents are arriving from Russia some time after I get the train tomorrow morning, hence the need for an internet cafe or somewhere I can print stuff.
No printing, no visa!
Anybody got any suggestions of the correct route to take from the Hauptbahnhof that will accomplish these two things? I imagine taxis will be involved.
Thanks in advance,
Posted 19 Jun 2012
How come when I put your name into Google, it doesn't come up next to the word 'cunt'?
You can either accept that it was a genuine misunderstanding, probably caused by language difficulties, and help develop a system to stop such problems arising again, or... you could rant and rave for many minutes at a time and accuse me of sneaking in on a public holiday specifically to create havoc, because nobody would be around to check my evil schemes.
Because I just love using my public holidays for evil doing and full marks to you for finding me out. Less intelligent people would probably have jumped to really silly conclusions. Like maybe I was in finishing that project that was up against a horrible deadline.
Posted 13 Jun 2012
Thank you everybody. I have been very worried about this and now I feel very relieved. The first thing I am going to do is get a tax agent and file my returns anyway, just to be clear about everything.
My dad died outside Germany and I opened a term deposit in my home country, where it will sit for six months while I think of what to do with it. I was never planning to bring it to Germany anyway, but my friend told me I was breaking the law if I didn't declare all my money to the finanzamt.
I don't know what was worrying me worse. The thought of paying an inheritance tax or the thought of telling the finanzamt all about my finances and having to admit that I got to 40 and don't have any assets to declare, apart from this inheritance.
I want to thank everybody very sincerely. I feel a lot happier now.
Posted 12 Jun 2012
Thank you Mr Nosey.
My second question is what documents do I have to show? The money has gone into my savings account in my home country. Do I just tell them the amount, or show them my bank statement, or do I have to prove that the money was an inheritance with some other document?
I've had a look through the forums to find info on this topic. I've found some good info, but I'm pretty worried.
I've just inherited about 150,000EUR from my dad. It's happened in the last two months and from what I've read here, I need to tell the finanzamt.
My problem is, I have been in Germany for four years but have not filed a tax return, apart from the first year I was here, when I only joined the company halfway through the year. The finance guy at work who filled out the form (at the time I spoke no German) told me that I probably wouldn't have to do it again, as long as my income situation didn't change, because I don't have any deductions to claim. Maybe he was annoyed at having to help me.
But a friend tells me I am crazy and should have checked with an accountant and maybe I should have been filing a tax return every year all along. So first off, I'm freaking about that and any possible fines.
He also tells me I will have to pay tax on my inheritance. I did not tell him the amount.
Will I have a big tax bill?
I know you will all say go and see an accountant and I will, but this is worrying me a lot and I thought someone here might have some answers to calm me down before I go and see anybody.
Thank you in advance.