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  1. Hello,   I was studying in China for the last few years, and in 2016 my husband, who remained in Germany, started selling on Ebay. In the summer when I came back we went to the KWR or some similar office (kind of forgot!) and did a Gewerbeanmeldung, because honestly I'm not totally sure what we are supposed to do administratively and that seemed like the right step. Then I was abroad again and am not sure what took place since then. Now I'm back and trying to sort out all the tax implications-- namely Einkommensteuer and Umsatzsteuer.   My questions regarding Umsatzsteuer are: 1. How exactly do I apply this Kleinunternehmer rule of "if in the previous year he earned an Umsatz (total income without subtracting expenses) less than 17,500€ and is expected to earn less than 50,000€ in Umsatz, then he doesn't need to pay Umsatzsteuer". Last year his Umsatz was just over 20,000€, and I estimate this year it will be about double that. So does he need to backpay Umsatzsteuer on last year or just start paying it this year? Where do we go to sign up for this and do we pay in monthly installments or in yearly lumps sums? 2. Supposing we do need to start paying or even backpay Umsatzsteuer, from what I have read and tried to understand in German, we can offset these costs by charging them to the customer? Any idea how to do that on ebay? Is there an option to tick that will add a 19% tax to their purchase, or do we just have to manually factor it into the sales prices? 3. I don't really understand the ins and outs of Ebay, and he's from Asia and has some major language barriers, so I'm not entirely sure what his status is on Ebay. I know he doesn't have an Ebay shop... so does that make him a "private seller"? Do I need to change this status?   Thank you very much. Those are my most important questions at the moment, and if you happen to know a thing about the following questions, that would also be of much help:   My questions regarding Einkommensteuer are:   1. In the past when I worked as a freelancer, I simply filled out Anlage S and attached a sheet listing my income and expenses. I presume this was called an "Einnahmen-Überschuss Rechnung" although perhaps it was something even simpler? A German friend, former accountant or tax advisor, had helped me to write it and it merely said "Zu Anlage S" at the top and listed my Einkommen and Ausgaben. Now I'm trying to figure out how to make such a Zusatzblatt for my husband for his Ebay sales and a big question crops up: As he has a small workshop where he manufactures the majority of the parts in Vietnam, can he subtract the costs of his workshop in Vietnam (employees, machinery, shipping to Germany, etc.)?  2. I know we do not have to do a Bilanz, because his Gewinn is not over 50,000€ and his Umsatz is not over 500,000€. So does that mean that the paper we have to draft is called an Einnahmen-Überschuss Rechnung or is there an even simpler option?   I already sent an email to LOHI ( to see about signing up for a membership and getting advice on these Einkommensteuer questions. I'm waiting on an answer.   In the meantime, advice on Umsatzsteuer firstly would be much appreciated. And secondly, tips on Einkommensteuer would also be appreciated.   Thanks a bunch, ML  
  2. I was yesterday scammed for something I bought on eBay. The user even had a German phone number and used whatsapp and even called me to confirm the details. I then sent the payment over palpay only to release he is a scam and never replied anymore. My question is if someone has a German phone number, then should they not be registered? the police said they cant do much. How can they use a German phone number and whatsapp? Is there anything I can do?
  3. Scammed on eBay

    Hey guys, I am an Ebay_de user since 2015. I ordered many items form Eaby with bank transfer everything was going fine. I usually see the eBay seller reviews before transferring money if he/she accepts money only by bank transfer. With the trust of my 5 years, I transferred money for a MacBook for 1450€ before transfer I talked to the seller she spoke very well on eBay and her reviews were positive with around 15 stars (I have 18 stars).  After transferring of money now she deregistered from eBay. I reported to eBay but no use and I contacted the bank but they told me it's not possible to revert my transaction. I don't know what to do now. I have her full name and bank details.  Searching her name in Google I got a profile on 'StayFriends powered by'. with the same city where eBay seller was but not sure if it was her. Is it possible to approach the police ?  Any suggestions that would help me.   Thank you
  4. Hi, All. First, I did search the forums for ~20mins non-stop but did not find anything.   I have recently bought two LEGO Star Wars sets on eBay from the same private seller in Germany(!), which turned out to be fake (paid ~65EUR in total ). The seller used LEGO brand name and official set numbers in the title, however used the word "Nachbau" (which has more than one meaning) in the description. If one searches eBay for "Lego Nachbau" - there will be mostly replicas (from original Lego parts) of retired sets, which, to me, is perfectly OK - it's a construction toy after all. [To those of you wondering why bother building replicas of retired set, here's an example of a sold(!) official retired set , and that is not the limit] These, however,are chinese fakes ("Star Wnrs" on the manual, etc). Of course, there was nothing in pictures to indicate the fake - for instance, the seller did not show the pics of the manuals.   I did have experience receiving fake Lego before, but most sellers simply asked for the pics and then returned the money w/o questions. I suspect many of them did not know their stuff was fake - it's quite hard to tell sometimes. This guy, however, admitted that he knew it was a fake, and does not want to issue a refund, since "I should have figured it out, as others did". Mind you, one of the sets sold at average price --> there was at least one other person who did not figure out the fake.   I reported the item on eBay and rang them. eBay said "No PayPal = your problem".   My understanding is that once the trademark is used in the offer, I have the right to original goods, he committed a law violation, and a court case has 99.9% chance of success. I would, however, first rather write a proper email on that guy with a few links to law paragraphs and case studies to have him get his stuff back and return my money. I accept the loss of time as a learning experience for myself (educational journey into German Kauferschutz) I did search for 2 days and could not find anything besides the hollow newspaper articles that do not reference any sources, or the lawyer webpage stubs.   If someone had been through a similar experience or knows where to look - could you please drop me a few lines with key words to search after, law paragraphs, cases etc? Alternatively, if any of the resident lawyers wants to drop the hammer - I have little pity for the guy...    Many thanks!