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  1. Hello,   I live in Germany and got a work visa. Since I'm in Kurzarbeit I have plenty of free time and demand from other clients all over Europe but my visa doesn't allow me to freelance from here. I also have an address in Brazil, a company registered there and a brazilian bank account. I already do my tax returns regularly in Germany and Brazil. My question is: if those potential clients agree to pay me in my brazilian bank account through my company (with official invoices) and I keep the money there, can I bypass this visa limitation without any problems? I imagine that since this money is not coming to my german bank account and not being declared here I don't need to give explanations to authorities about those freelance jobs, correct?   Thank you!
  2. Hi all,   I've spent the day looking through the forum, trying to find the answer to my question but unfortunately I have not been able.   Since the start of February I have been receiving ALG1.   During my initial call with the Agentur für Arbeit the topic of doing freelance work (journalistic activity) came up, as I said that I thought I'd be able to get a bit of freelance work while searching for employment.   What they suggested and were actually quite pushing me to do (and from speaking to my friend it sounds a bit like they are encouraging this at the moment as it was suggested that my friend's sister did the same) was that when I do get freelance work to deregister myself from Arbeitslosengeld temporarily for the days worked, pay the insurance myself, and then go back on Arbeitslosengeld when it's over. That way I get to keep all the money (less insurance, tax, etc. but AFA won't deduct anything) and I guess they benefit from not having me on their books for those few days.   I have now done that a few times but I have not yet invoiced.   To invoice I need a Steuernummer, which I don't have.   My question is, to get my Steuernummer, do I just fill out the 'Fragebogen zur steuerlichen Erfassung' like anybody else taking up freelancing activity? (The work is journalistic so Freiberuflich)   My concern is that by doing so I'm going to somehow jeopardise my eligibility for Arbeitslosengeld, even though this is something that they suggested I do. Partly as when they suggested this they told me I should register as 'part time' Selbständig, but this doesn't appear to really be a thing nor is that option mentioned anywhere on the Fragebogen zur steuerlichen Erfassung.   (Also, will it be a massive issue for the Finanzamt that I've probably worked between March and April and haven't registered with them yet?)   If anyone has any advice or experience for the above, I would be very grateful!   Thank you!    
  3. Classification under DTAA (India - Germany)

    Hi,   I am a freelance social media consultant and consulting with an Indian company. We are currently debating what category my work falls under the double taxation agreement between India and Germany : https://www.bundesfinanzministerium.de/Content/DE/Standardartikel/Themen/Steuern/Internationales_Steuerrecht/Staatenbezogene_Informationen/Laender_A_Z/Indien/1996-05-06-Indien-Abkommen-DBA-Gesetz.pdf?__blob=publicationFile&v=3   Would it be article 14 (but is that for very specific professions)? Would it be article 12 (but is social media a 'technical service')? Would it be article 7 (as it is an ancillary and supporting activity and doesn't fall under the other categories?) If so, why?   If it is article 14 or 7, then should any tax be deducted at source (India)?    I look forward to hearing from someone who may be in a similar situation or who has technical knowledge on this matter.   Thank you!
  4. 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
  5. 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)
  6. 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?    
  7. 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!