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  1. Hi all,   I am curious how many American expats have received covid stimulus checks. I received the first check last year (delayed but I received it by mail in Germany). I have yet to receive the second stimulus check ($600) and I know the $1400 checks are just now being sent out. According to the IRS website, all the second-wave checks have been mailed out and you can't even check the status on those anymore. I guess it is possible the check still could be coming on the mail (mail is really slow right now between the US and Germany). But I am starting to lose hope.    I file taxes every year (have not yet for 2020 - don't have enough information yet). Curious how many expats have received the checks effectively because of the German/US tax treaty and the ability to set off income nearly 1:1 (like with a Form 2555) + deductions, which results in little to no bottom line income in the US. I was surprised to receive the first check because had I earned my income in the US, I would not have been eligible to receive any Covid relief. But because my US income effectively nets out to $0 on my 1040, I guess it looks like I, or indeed most expats, are pretty poor. I am not complaining that I got my check - just wondering if the IRS considered that! Well...maybe for the second check they have! Anyone else out there get a check only essentially only because your bottom line 1040 nets out to a small number or $0?   Thanks! Would love to hear other experiences. 
  2. We are planning to move away from Germany this coming winter, so I wanted to make sure I sent my cancellation letter in plenty of time. This is the reply I received. Does anyone know anything about this case? Is this going to be a nasty surprise before we leave? Since gyms closed again, the direct debit from my gym has stopped (although during the first lockdown payments continued).    Ihr Schreiben vom 26.03.2021 mit dem Ausspruch der ordentlichen Kündigung haben wir am 01.04.2021 erhalten. Durch die pandemiebedingte und behördlich angeordnete Schließung, die derzeit leider noch andauert, ist es zurzeit nicht möglich, die vertraglich vereinbarten Leistungen zu erbringen, demzufolge werden natürlich von uns keine Beiträge abgebucht. Die Unterbrechung stellt allerdings laut einschlägiger Rechtsprechung eine Störung der Geschäftsgrundlage mit Auswirkungen auf das Vertragsverhältnis dar. Wir machen daher den uns zustehenden Anpassungsanspruch (siehe Urteil AG Ibbenbüren vom 27.11.2020, Az. 3 C 300/20) geltend, wonach sich das Ende der Laufzeit um die Schließungszeit nach hinten verschiebt.   Das vorläufige Vertragsende wäre nach derzeitigem Stand der 31.10.2021. Sobald die Wiedereröffnung möglich ist und das verbindliche Enddatum feststeht, kommen wir unaufgefordert auf Sie zu.   I cannot find much information about this judgment and what I have found is vague and/or confusing. Any help understanding what this means would be appreciated.   Thank you  
  3. Hi, Has anyone been to the UK in the last few weeks. I have to go because of an emergency. It seems that you have to book 2 covid tests upfront (for day 2 and 8) and provide a reference number. I am returning to Germany before Day  before day 8, and also the UK.GOV website offer a list ok providers but the first few links are broken.   Anyone had any experience recently.   Matt
  4. Hi I am planning on flying to the UK on Friday (evening) 11th June to see my parents, as my dad has dementia, and I haven’t seen them since December 2019. I went to my local GP in Essen today and asked them about a COVID test before I fly. My local GP said that they could do the COVID test themselves for me, but that they can’t promise the results being ready in time. They therefore suggested I check out the COVID test center at Duesseldorf Airport as a possible alternative. Has anyone got experience of using the COVID test center at Duesseldorf Airport? Do I have to: e.g. go there 2-3 days beforehand, and do the  test? Can i pick up the test results  on the Friday afternoon,  just before I fly? All and any practical advice very welcome!!!!!
  5. Looking for advice about the best source for FFP2 (N95) face masks in Berlin. We're anticipating there'll be a run on them once the regulations come into effect, but I'm not sure that online orders will be prompt or reliable.   During the first wave, I remember having to buy a single N95 for €15! The cheapest I've seen lately online was €88 for 50 masks, however they're currently out of stock. Can anyone recommend a bricks and mortar supplier inside the ring who might offer a price close to the more reasonable one?   thanks in advance.
  6. My name was taken down this morning. Is this a warning or will I definitely be receiving a letter for the €250 soon? I was coming up the stairs from the station and just took it off. Terrible luck. It's my fault but I always wear it really.