Kevin de Freine

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  1. VAT on Online Teaching

    In my tax report at the end of the year, I just put all my italki income in the "income free of vat" box. That was it. iTalki wont give you that, im pretty sure. DM me if you have other questions
  2. VAT on Online Teaching

    In the end I declared it as VAT-free income because not only is italki based outside the EU, but so are basically all my clients
  3. Leaving Germany, closing business and VAT registration

    @someonesdaughter Thank you so much - I never thought of that! It would make life so much easier!   I presume, however, that they will still send VAT refunds as a single transaction to just one account though.
  4. Leaving Germany, closing business and VAT registration

    That is a very good point! I should do it this way! Any idea how I can cancel the direct debit authorization?    
  5. Leaving Germany, closing business and VAT registration

    Sorry, you are right - I meant turnover. I didnt realise that: so if the turnover was to drop to under 17,500 in 2019, then I would just stop charging (and being able to claim back) VAT in 2020. No need to alert the Finanzamt?   I think the VAT is just a hassle to account for. Its charged to some clients but not others / the FZMT requires me to pay all VAT for both businesses from one single account which messes up the accounts a bit / and I have to make my prices to any private customers higher which means my competition is more attractive to potential customers. 
  6. Leaving Germany, closing business and VAT registration

    I have a question regarding this matter:   1. I was required to register for VAT because the income from my Gewerbe was over 17,500. I also have a freelancing business - apparently that too is subject to VAT. If I close the Gewerbe (the reason for being VAT-registered) would I still have to continue paying VAT on my freelancer income (which is far below the 17,500 threshold).    2. I heard that even if you are a freelancer in another EU country, but use Germany as a fulfillment base for your good (i.e. the goods of the business are stored and sent out from a warehouse in Germany), you are still required to pay VAT in Germany on sales? Any idea if this is true? 
  7. VAT on Online Teaching

    Hi guys - looking for help on an issue that no one has been able to answer satisfactorily for me so far. I have spoken to a few accountants and they all give contradictory advice. I am VAT-registered.    I teach online as a self-employed language teacher. 95% of my work comes through a Chinese platform called iTalki. Students around the world book my lessons through that platform. The student pays iTalki. iTalki then pays me twice a month. There is no invoice, they just send the money to my bank account when I choose to withdraw my earnings.   My question is: if I receive (example) €100 from iTalki for lessons in a month, should I be giving €15,97 (the 19%) to the German FZMT?    As far as I can see, the customer is iTalki and as they are based outside the EU, it is zero-rated for VAT, and I keep all €100.    Any help with this would be GREATLY appreciated!
  8. German VAT when invoicing clients in the U.S.

    Hi guys - have read through all this really interesting thread. I have 2 questions to add.    I know that doing translating for a client outside the EU does not require you to add VAT, as you are considered to have exported the service, but what about teaching online?   If someone is teaching students online for a company based outside the EU, do they need to charge VAT? The teacher does the work in Germany at the computer, but the customer is in China, and payments come from there.    And what about Airbnb. If someone is VAT-registered here, and they rent out their spare room, do they have to charge the customer VAT? Airbnb is an American company i believe?   Thanks in advance  
  9. Hi guys - I'm getting a lot of conflicting info on this matter from different accountants who are all quick to say the other accountant is wrong, but never explain properly.    I teach a course here in Berlin every 2 months where I am VAT registered. The company I do the course for is based in Ireland. So when I invoice them, i reverse charge them. I put all the info the invoice as I should.    My accountant now tells me that I should be charging them 19% because I am based and registered in Germany as a Freiberuflich.    My mother is a translator based and registered as a business in Ireland. She works from home for a lot of French, German etc clients. She always reverse charges them.    I can't tell what the difference between our two situations is and why I should charge VAT and she should reverse charge.    Please help me out here. Have I got it wrong, or is my accountant just jumping the gun?