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  • Location Heidelberg
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  • Interests kids, research, sleep, food, current affairs and a bunch of other stuff I'm too tired to recall just now.

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  1. Change of elementary school after Xmas break

    Don't email. Call instead. You may need to call a few times before you reach someone; some schools don't have someone on duty (a school secretary or someone else) for more than a few hours a day (or week), so you're likely to need to leave a voicemail and ask them to call you back. If your German's not great, speak English (slowly).  if you don't yet have a local residence address in their catchment area, they won't be able to say anything beyond hypotheticals at this point, and would probably not be willing to spend much time thinking through offerings. If you'd like to know a parents'-eye view of the schools in Walldorf (or Wiesloch, or elsewhere in SAP-land), consider searching the TT forums for posts about schools in Walldorf (and environs), and posting a message to an existing thread or making a new one for Southern Germany/Life in Baden-Württemberg.  Good luck!
  2. Experience with kids learning German

    I agree with others who say that 6 months is not a very long time, and it's not surprising that your 7-year-old is still primarily reception-oriented rather than production-oriented when it comes to German. Moreover, in a way it's been less than 6 months, assuming your child wasn't in immersive German-language environments for hours every day in the school holidays.  And I'd underscore the suggestions to get your child involved in German-language activities (sports clubs and team, arts and crafts classes, story-telling events at the local library, etc.). That brings all kinds of benefits, including increased exposure, broadened vocabulary, intensified social motivation to comprehend and produce language, and so-on.  Having said that (and as you know) operating in a new language is exhausting, so having those activities on the weekend (including whole-family activities, such as attendance at German-language cultural events, local tours, story-times, etc.) is a good idea instead of adding them to school-day afternoons when your child is likely to need to have a break from deciphering Deutsch.
  3. Anyone living in Germany but working remotely?

    Yes, it should be do-able. She'll need to get a document (the new contract?) specifically outlining the new employment situation (i.e. that she's not been sent/"entsendet" by the employer to Germany, but that she's a regular cross-border employee). The contract should include written recognition by the employer that they will pay her social insurance and KK at the German rates.  Even better if you can convince the French employer to do the monthly transfer of employer and employee portions of social insurance and health care contributions directly to the KK. (The KK doesn't care who pays it, as long as it gets paid.) Then it's a matter of speaking to the KK to confirm the workflow (how much/when they will get the money, category of insurance coverage: freiwillig versichert?) and so on. Contact the Finanzamt separately and they'll explain what they need (whether they want monthly advance payments of estimated income tax or whether your wife should prepare to pay a lump sum when she files her German tax return for the first year; after the first year they may change their recommendation, depending on the sums involved and how payment has worked).   Can't advise about the Lohnsteuerhilfeverein, though I would imagine they'd be able to advise your wife about her income tax just as much as they would be able to advise any other person employed under German tax regulations. Might as well talk directly to the Finanzamt first, though. (Lohnsteuerhilfevereine would not be the right people to advise about the arrangement of employer contributions toward social insurances, etc., though. That gets into European Worker Mobility regulations, and I wouldn't expect most of them to be on top of that, though I may be wrong.)
  4. Wedding planner in Frankfurt

    Congratulations on your engagement! Not exactly in Frankfurt, but here's a good place to start: contact Anne-Katrin Schmülling, who runs Celebrate Life event-planning agency in Heidelberg (about an hour from Frankfurt). She is a very experienced professional wedding planner who speaks English. I'm guessing she might actually do weddings in Frankfurt, but if not, she probably knows very good folks who do. (Disclaimer: I am not Ann-Katrin, nor do I have any stake in her business. I just happen to have encountered happy clients of hers here in Heidelberg.)
  5. It would be good to get on the case of your income tax return (so that you can get a statement from the Finanzamt of the income they've calculated for you based on the data you provided with your return) - but I suppose you already know that. Lacking a statement from the Finanzamt, you might want to just contact your Elterngeldstelle (probably Amt für Versorgung und Soziales Walter-Möller-Platz 1 60439 Frankfurt/Main, Telefon: 069/15671) and ask what they'll accept instead. They might well take an Einnahmen-ÜberschussRechnung (that profit/cost listing you mentioned) as a provisional indication of your 2018 income, but they can always come back to you after the fact (even after they've paid out your Elterngeld) and revise the amount of your Elterngeld up or down (clawing money back from you in case of the latter). Good luck!
  6. Anyone living in Germany but working remotely?

    No update to add, but I explained how I did it in a message much further up the thread. You'll just be freiwilling versichert with AOK. If your employer is very kind they might even be willing to transfer the employer contribution - and your employee contribution, drawn from your salary (both contributions calculated according to German rules, not the rules of the country where your company is)  - directly to the AOK every month. Mine was not.  It's up to the employee in Germany to get the employer (in EU outside of Germany) to contribute the right amount and to make sure the AOK gets it. Your non-German EU employer may balk at paying the German rate, although they're required to do so under European Worker Mobility regulations. In my case my UK employer couldn't cope with paying the Barmer directly so they paid the employer portion to me and I transferred that money plus my employee portion to the Barmer. Barmer did everything from there (as they do when you have a German employer, too), making sure the payments enter the social insurance scheme under my name. 
  7. Your Steuerbescheid (income tax statement) for 2018 should do it.