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  1. Coronavirus

    Since I couldn't find a topic on this yet (maybe I missed it) I figured I'll kick off the festivities. One of my managers is freaking out thinking this is THE virus that will wipe out a large part of the world population.    Granted, Disney Shanghai is closed, and as someone living in Orlando trust me, Disney does not close easily. Hurricane? Hunker down y'all, preferably at Epcot or Magic Kingdom.    Personally I won't change much, I've always wiped down my area of the airplane (my arm rests, tray table and tv controls) with some lysol wipes so I won't be changing THAT habit.    Thoughts? 
  2. Hi everyone,   Like many people here, I have been working 100% in Home Office since March, and expect to be doing so into 2021. Since my home has now become my one-and-only place of work, it's clear that I can plan to at least offset some expenses for necessary improvements to my workplace in next year's tax return. However, since I want to manage those expenses to maximise benefit, I'm slightly lacking clear guidance as to the limits.   Main source article:   How it _seems_ to me:   - I have an allowance of €1250 for the office space itself (basically, the rent), so it seems I can clearly claim that (no other workplace available) - Regarding items I want to purchase (new chair and desk), the limit is €952 per year, but I can continue to claim back on those up to the purchase price(s) in subsequent years whilst I use them. I assume this €952 allowance is in total, or is it per item?   I hope someone can clarify those a little since they affect my purchasing decisions   Many thanks
  3. Hello to all Berlin freelancers out-there, I wanted to start a thread on this topic to see if anybody was ready to share their experience here about this support money? Personally, i applied for it before the 6th of April cut date, which means that i received 5000€ that i could use also for personal expenses. It took me about 3 business days to receive the money. I found that the IBB took a long time to produce a clear enough FAQ, and clarify what conditions were attached. I still don't really know if there is a definite percentage of business loss that i should experience to be able to prove that i really needed the money. Anybody would like to share their experience here? You can also fill in this short poll (less than a min and 3 questions) as well (or instead)
  4. Good evening dear Members,   I'd like to explain a little background and then my issue which I hope I have some responses: - I came to Germany on February 2020. Registered at the KVR in March and applied for the Blue Card in March. I just got the actual card yesterday (18.07.2020) by mail. - My family was finally able to come on 20.06.2020 (after cancelling many flights). I've register them to the KVR (Anmeldung) but their entry visa (D Visa) expires on 20.07.2020. - I have already sent 3 contact forms to the Foreigner's Office through this link ( ) with the scans of all the documents (app form, marriage & birth certificate, Anmeldung, passports, rental contract, MY work contract). But I haven't got any reply yet. I have only receive a reply that says : "We have received your request. We will process it as soon as possible. Please note that we cannot answer each request immediatly, due to a high number of pending cases. This e-mail can be used as a proof that you have applied for a residence permit or the extension of your current residence permit / visa. In cases that fullfill the legal criteria, a "Fiktionswirkung" will come in effect even if you do not have a valid "Fiktionsbescheinigung" at the moment."   My wife & son's visa expires tomorrow and I know some links here:  say that I should contact them but I already have.   I would like to know if anybody has (or is having) a similar experience than me and we can help each other as well. Please let me know any information or advice that you have.    Thank you for your help & advices in advance!
  5. Hi everybody, I registered for a German course last year. It was supposed to be 192 hours (8 hours a week).  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday  from 17:30-19  It was paused due to Corona. Now it is resumed.   They sent me an email that  Wir freuen uns daher, Sie ab dem 11.05. wieder in unserem Haus begrüßen zu dürfen. Um dem Gebot des Mindestabstandes Folge leisten zu können, haben wir beschlossen, die Gruppe und die Unterrichtszeit zu halbieren, folglich haben Sie keine Einbußen in der Leistung des Unterrichtes. Die Teilung erfolgt zeitlich. Sie haben statt 90 Minuten in voller Gruppengröße, nunmehr 45 Minuten in halber Gruppengröße. Wir teilen also jede Gruppe in A und B, wobei A zu Kursbeginn beginnt und nach 45 Minuten den Raum verläßt und Gruppe B beginnt.   I asked for more clarification as I believed we will have more sessions becuase we are taking shorter classes. they replied:   Jetzt haben wir die Gruppen geteilt. D.h.: Sie haben die doppelte Sprechzeit pro Schulstunde und damit keinen Leistungsverlust. Wenn Sie kommen, werden nur halb soviele Schüler anwesend sein. Nach 45 Minuten kommt der zweite Teil der Gruppe und findet dieselbe Situation vor, aber es werden pro Termin 2 Schulstunden abgezogen. Auf der anderen Seite senkt sich das Risiko eine Ansteckung durch Corona erheblich.   I told them that I do not agree with this as I pay for 2 hours but I will be in the class for 45 minutes. They are still insisting on their plan. I wanted to know if this is legal? They can simply change the plan and not cover the hours that was in the contract?    
  6. Hello,   I like many received the IBB corona zuchuss for 5,000euro as I am a freelancer. From what I can tell in their limited terms and conditions and from one email they sent me this is considered taxable income for my 2020 tax return, which is understandable, but there are some phrases and i've read online that talk about this like a conditional loan?   I'm a bit perplexed, because from what I understand this 5,000euro is considered an emergency fund, given out but that are to return a certain amount if it was too much? I most certainly would have been screwed if they hadn't given out the fund, but as a freelancer, if I am offered work in the 3 months from when I received the fund, am I supposed to repay them any amount I earn within that 3 months? And what happens if I do work one day after those 3 months? I am happy to give them back money if I'm obligated to, but surely if it is the case that I would have to repay any of this money if I earn any money from freelance work in those 3 months, then where the hell is the incentive for me to do any work at all within those 3 months? Or am I getting it wrong completely?
  7. I've been renting out my flat for a few months and my tenant's salary has just been cut 20% because of the Corona situation. He's employed by a company in Berlin and therefore doesn't qualify for the "Liquiditätsengpässe wegen Coronavirus - Unterstützung für Berliner Unternehmen" which some of my freelance friends got money from. He won't be able to pay the full rent from May and he told me that he would then have to move out, which I of course do not want. He's a good tenant and I would also probably end up with an empty flat for a while.  Seems to me like the only option would be to reduce his rent for a few months but I'm not sure if there's any public help in place for someone in his situation so that he could keep paying the whole amount. This could go for a while which could translate in a pretty big loss and I gotta payback a large sum I borrowed last year.    Just wondering if there's anything out there I haven't heard of! Thanks
  8. Hi all, started this topic to collect all the good stuff we can do while being at home during Corona virus time. It can be stuff which helps us to educate (sth besides Ted talks), or also free entertainment offerings. Please do not post pictures of funny toilet paper jokes. Think we have seen them all by now. I am starting with this here: 450 Ivy League courses you can take online rught now for free Would be cool if you can post more free stuff here. Greets