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  1. So my daughter just got her letter awarding her German citizenship, and confirming that she will keep her US citizenship. She's a university student living at home, and makes considerably less per month than the cost of renunciation. It took about 6 months in total in Schleswig-Holstein.   She picks up her Urkunde tomorrow.
  2. Founding a company while having a Blue Card

    You also have to make sure your current employer will allow you to work "nebenberuflich" -- basically, have a second job. This is not automatically true. For example, they may not approve of anything seen as competing with your work for them.
  3. Stufe calculation (TV-L E13)

    The TV-L E-13 has had a 6th Stufe since the beginning of this year.
  4. Stufe calculation (TV-L E13)

    Which Stufe you begin at is (nearly) entirely up to your university. You can certainly ask that you be started at Stufe 2. It's up to them whether they will count any teaching experience outside of Germany, but non-teaching and pre-graduation experience aren't going to count for the Einstufung at any rate.   When I first began at a German university, I documented my US experience as a PhD teaching assistant, which my uni counted. But it is up to their discretion.
  5. Permanent Residence - can I be unemployed?

      I really feel for you. I lived in Nürnberg the first five years I was in Germany. I found the Ausländerbehörde there to be the most rude, unhelpful, disorganized bureaucratic mess I've ever seen in my life. My first appointment there in 2008, to get the initial permits for my family, left me sitting in tears on the sidewalk afterwards.   Good luck navigating this!
  6. There really is no grey area on this, and your interpretation of the agreement between the USA and Germany is wrong.   As an American citizen, you are required to file US tax returns and (possibly) FBAR regardless of where you live. As a full-time resident of Germany, you are taxed in Germany on the total amount of your worldwide income, regardless of the source. The agreement between the US and Germany allows you to file your US taxes in a way that you end up only paying to one system (the German system) based on either the foreign earned income exclusion (which wouldn't apply to your US income) or the foreign tax credit. Either way, your primary tax liability is to Germany.   The advice you got "just don't tell them you're working remotely" encouraged you to break German tax law. This is what could come back to bite you in the ass.   And, yes, as an American who's been in Germany for ten years now, I get your situation. You were given bad advice and fell through some cracks. But now's the time to get it figured out and (possibly) pay the price for basically evading German taxes for the past six years.