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  • Location Pforzheim
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  • Year of birth 1980
  1. Hi, I realise it’s not exactly what you’re looking for, but if you’re struggling to find anybody near you I know somebody (English speaking) who coaches online. He’s very good. 
  2. Parcels from UK shops online

    It depends on the shop. Some haven’t adapted to the new paperwork yet and so have stopped selling to Europe. It’s happened to a guy I work with trying to order some speciality parts from a shop in England.  If the shop is OK to ship then delivery times and ease of additional payments depends on the courier being used. UPS and DPD are really struggling with customs clearance apparently.    Somebody sent me something via Royal Mail which ended up in the Zollamt. I had the option of paying Deutsche Post €28 to fill out the Zoll forms or I could do it myself. I did it myself and could pick the parcel up from the Zollamt the next day. It was a low value gift with no fees, duty or tax to pay. The paperwork on the box appeared to be correct and on the form I filled in I just put exactly the same info. When I picked the parcel up I asked if the sender had filled something wrong or why they needed the exact same info again, so that we could avoid it happening again and the lady just said “keine Ahnung, Brexit“.     So in conclusion - it depends. 
  3. ‘Have to’ I don’t know, that’s a question for your Steuerberater, but I would. There’s no lower limit in services in the UK for example, so even if it’s a 1min Instagram edit the customer there will have to pay VAT on it, doesn’t matter if you’re a Kleinunternehmer here or not. Some sort of sentence to point out politely that tax in their country is their problem makes sense to me. All of my clients are EU at the moment, so I haven’t had the problem myself, but I’ll have a look on some invoices that I’ve received to see how they worded it. 
  4. Looks good to me, but I’d double check if being in the MwSt system will financially work out OK for you. Are you able to raise your German prices by 19% in order to cover the tax? (If your dealing with companies then it’s not really an issue as they’ll just claim it back.) It could be a benefit to you to be able to get the tax back from internet bills, when buying new computers, hard drives, etc. etc. but will cost time and potentially more Steuerberater fees. Have a look over you accounts so far and work it out.  Some international clients may ask for your number, but if you’ve had no problems so far then I wouldn’t assume you need it. 
  5. Reverse Charge Supply VAT and Brexit

    So to put together all of the info so far, and to bring it back around to this example, this is my understanding: If you’re selling to somebody B2C in the UK you no longer need to apply German MwSt and can’t reverse charge, but you need to register for a VAT number in the UK and apply their 20% VAT tax rate. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vat-notice-7001-should-i-be-registered-for-vat/vat-notice-7001-should-i-be-registered-for-vat#Taxable-supplies   B2B reverse charge - it’s still the customer’s duty to pay their local VAT rate. So the wording may be different, but the above example would be correct, assuming the UK company is VAT registered.    Once the OSS comes online in the summer then it’ll work the other way around as well - British companies selling B2C to the EU will need an EU VAT number and will need to apply the appropriate rate for the country to which they’re selling.     
  6. Fair enough, I stand corrected. The point about depreciation stands though - at €1400 you have to write it off over a couple of years.    I still think it’s a piss take from the employer though. Yes there’s the werbepauschal so that you can buy a smart t-shirt to go to work, but if you’re a chef I wouldn’t expect you to bring your own pots and pans to the kitchen. 
  7. I can’t see how you can claim for any work equipment, if it’s a work requirement it should be paid for by the uni. You’re not self employed and don’t own the uni so I can’t see how it’s a business expense.  A factory owner couldn’t tell an employee that we’re moving to home office and the employee has to buy a €2000000 3D printer to continue making stuff at home.  Can’t you just go into the office and pick up your computer from there? 
  8. If you don’t have their address how do you prove that they’re international customers?    Depending on how you provide the tuition this can be very important as if they download a pre-recorded lesson then VAT is due where they live, not where you are. 
  9. Desktop websites and Google

    True, but any decently designed website from the last 5? 10? years will be responsive to screen size, so it’s not a big deal for a lot of people. Of course there are some bad websites out there, hopefully this will help to push them towards updating.   
  10. I’m also not clear as you say you’re a student then say you have an employer provided computer, so I don’t know what you can claim. As an employee nothing would be my guess, if it’s required to do the job the employer should provide it.    If you can claim for the computer as a student then I’d assume it’s treated as a business expense and depreciates over time. Again this is just an assumption. There’s a table which states the expected lifetime of the purchase and so how much the value depreciates per year. In the case of a laptop it’s 3 years, so 33.3%,  €467 per year.    https://www.bundesfinanzministerium.de/Web/DE/Themen/Steuern/Steuerverwaltungu-Steuerrecht/Betriebspruefung/AfA_Tabellen/afa_tabellen.html
  11. Reverse Charge Supply VAT and Brexit

    The different timings between Brexit and the expansion of the EU OSS means that once you think you’ve got your head around everything it’s going to change all over again. It’ll be a fun year for accountants. 
  12. It’s not that you need a VAT number, your income from a full time contract doesn’t apply to that, but you should be registering as a business/sole trader and using that tax number. Speak to an accountant to get yourself set up, the process of registering at the Rathaus and filing in the Finanzamt forms is easy enough, but if your new to the system and don’t understand the differences between self-employed, freelance, business etc. then get professional help.    Tax rate - it depends on how you’re set up and how much you earn, it’s complicated. 
  13. Every year - can’t submit the tax files to the Finanzamt until March and in April I get a letter from the Krankenkasse saying they need to see my Steuerbescheid right now or they’re going to quadruple my monthly fee.