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  1. Hi everyone! [REPOST because the previous post came out all weird with formatting & I couldn't delete it. Mods, if you're able to delete the other one, please do so]   I’ve read through a lot of posts & spoken with an accountant but I am still a bit confused by everything. So, if someone that’s knowledgeable can correct my knowledge of VAT, the Kleinunternehmer-Regelung (KUR) & German law, I would so, so appreciate it!   My situation is the following:   I am a freelance video editor based in Berlin, working under the KUR since October 2020. In the three months of 2020 that I worked as a freelancer, I did not exceed 5500 (22k/12x3), so I remain under KUR in 2021.   Now, I deal mostly with international clients (businesses) but also some German clients. After speaking with an accountant, he told me a couple of things that confused me:   If the clients are in, say, Hong Kong (outside the EU), and they are businesses the sales I make with that clients do not count towards the Umsatzgrenze for KUR I don’t even mention RCV E.g. I make 1000 Euro of sales in January, but 500 is from a client in Hong Kong. For the purposes of remaining within KUR, I’m only 500 Euro closer to the limit, not 1000. He did not say I should get a USt-ID, though I feel that since I’m dealing with international clients so much, I should get one? My understanding is that it is required for the Reverse-Charge-Verfahren (RCV) I know that just having it won’t cost me anything but I’d rather save myself the monthly VAT forms where possible          The following is my understanding of invoicing under KUR, assuming all of my clients are business entities:       If they are German, I do not charge them VAT & state so in the receipt (§ 19 UStG) If they are within the EU, but not in Germany, they need to give me their VAT number & then I give them their receipt where I apply the RCV Then, every quarter, I have to forward a Zusammenfassende Meldung to the Finanzamt (to snitch on them, basically). I have to do this if I work with businesses in the EU outside of Germany, even if I’m under the KUR If they are outside of the EU (China, US, Australia, UK) I simply send a normal receipt NO mention or charge of VAT I don’t even mention RCV      --   Is this a correct understanding of things?    Thank you so much, I'm going to go for another chat with the accountant just to be sure, but I want to be better informed this time around and the internet doesn't seem to have these answers
  2. Hi everyone! I’ve read through a lot of posts (including this one, which answered some questions ) & spoken with an accountant but I am still a bit confused by everything. So, if someone that’s knowledgeable can correct my knowledge of VAT, the Kleinunternehmer-Regelung (KUR) & German law, I would so, so appreciate it! My situation is the following:   I am a freelance video editor based in Berlin, working under the KUR since October 2020. In the three months of 2020 that I worked as a freelancer, I did not exceed 5500 (22k/12x3), so I remain under KUR in 2021. Now, I deal mostly with international clients (businesses) but also some German clients. After speaking with an accountant, he told me a couple of things that confused me:   If the clients are in, say, Hong Kong (outside the EU), and they are businesses the sales I make with that clients do not count towards the Umsatzgrenze for KURI don’t even mention RCV E.g. I make 1000 Euro of sales in January, but 500 is from a client in Hong Kong. For the purposes of remaining within KUR, I’m only 500 Euro closer to the limit, not 1000. He did not say I should get a USt-ID, though I feel that since I’m dealing with international clients so much, I should get one? My understanding is that it is required for the Reverse-Charge-Verfahren (RCV) I know that just having it won’t cost me anything but I’d rather save myself the monthly VAT forms where possible The following is my understanding of invoicing under KUR, assuming all of my clients are business entities:   If they are German, I do not charge them VAT & state so in the receipt (§ 19 UStG) If they are within the EU, but not in Germany, they need to give me their VAT number & then I give them their receipt where I apply the RCV Then, every quarter, I have to forward a Zusammenfassende Meldung to the Finanzamt (to snitch on them, basically). I have to do this if I work with businesses in the EU outside of Germany, even if I’m under the KUR If they are outside of the EU (China, US, Australia, UK) I simply send a normal receipt No mention or charge of VAT I don’t even mention RCV -- Is this a correct understanding of things?  Thank you so much, I'm going to go for another chat with the accountant just to be sure, but I want to be better informed this time around and the internet doesn't seem to have these answers  (re-edited thread due to some formatting issues)
  3. Hi,  I just received word that my freelance visa was rejected, but I still have a chance to appeal (and I will). I am desperate for work though and applying for full time positions now. Does anyone know if gaining a full time work visa would even be possible in my current situation?    
  4. Hi all! I've done a lot of searching but unfortunately haven't encountered a comparable situation.   My wife and I are expecting a baby in March 2020, and want to be eligible for Elterngeld. We live in Berlin, but we work remotely for a startup based in the UK. The company pays us each month (in euros, into our German accounts), and at the end of each calendar year we complete a German tax return. (Actually we're doing our 2018 return now with the accountant; in January we'll do the 2019 calculation from which our Elterngeld will be calculated, assuming we're eligible. The accountant by the way refuses to answer Elterngeld-related questions, saying is't not his domain).    However, I've heard that freelancers in Germany sometimes aren't eligible for Elterngeld at all. Which leads me to wonder, what's the difference (if any) between 'freelancer' and 'self-employed'? We never took a trip to a Finanzamt to register officially as self-employed. We do each have a Steueridentifikationsnummer, and we also have a Steuernummer (not sure how we got it or what it means). We also pay monthly for public health insurance.    Given the above, can anyone tell me if we'll be eligible for Elterngeld? Your assistance is much appreciated!   (Also, as a side question - while on holiday this summer we rented out our apartment on Airbnb - we have a holiday rental license and will declare this income on our 2019 return. I assumed this answer is no, but would this income be included in the Elterngeld calculation?)   Thanks!
  5. Hi,   As the spouse of a blue card holder I'm allowed to work in Germany, I have been offered a job where I can work remotely for a multisite project(US,India,China). The Indian office wants to recruit me for 3-6 months. The amount offered in Indian Rupees is quite decent, though in euros it would only come upto 1500 at the current exchange rate. If I register as a freelancer and accept this offer, what would be the tax implications? I see from the freelancer wiki that I would have to start paying for medical insurance. What else would I have to do? The proposed mode of payment by the company is to pay me in INR which will be directly credited to my Indian account. The Indian tax would be deducted at source. They would probably use my Indian address for their records? Will this be a problem? Would I have to pay additional taxes here? Uma
  6. Hey all,   I just started working freelance as a sub teacher because I'm between jobs. I'm about to submit my first monthly invoice and I have some questions primarily around tax and Leistungen. I understand that I must pay the tax myself, so I'm using this website (https://www.bbx.de/grossnet-wage-calculator-germany/) to calculate my monthly tax amount and ill hold it somewhere myself. But also on this site, it provides the amounts I should pay into each of the Leitsungen. How do I do this? can I do that yearly like the tax or should I transfer money every month to somewhere?    Any help is a huge help, please and thank you
  7. I'm a freelance graphic designer from outside EU and i do work for a German company and to many other EU and non-EU companies, I did some research but there are still some points that are still unclear for me and would appreciate if someone can help me answering it. 1- Am I eligible to apply for a self-employed permit, and is it much hardier  to get the self-employed permit compared to the freelance permit? 2- If I got the freelance permit can I change it later to a self-employed permit and register my advertising agency so I can get the PR in 3 years instead of 5? 3- If I changed the the permit to self-employed after living in Germany on a freelance permit for 2 years, Will I be able to get the PR after a year from the permit change or I will have to stay for the full period (3 years)? 4- I can get many recommendation letters from my previous clients as well as a letters of intent and an actual freelance contract from a German company, so Is it still a must to have an academic degree or a diploma in Graphic design (I learned my profession as a self study).