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  1. Hello community. I read through the various posts on this community regarding my questions, but non seem to be exactly relevant.   So i have a part-time 20hr/week employment contract in a university. I am a non-EU member with a residence permit.   I was offered some consultancy work of 20hr/week for some company. My employer at the university knows about it and doesn't mind it.   I already pay taxes and health insurance and rentensvrsicherung and all other -sicherungs etc.   I asked a person at the Aüslanderamt, from what i can gather she said that i need to bring the freelance contract detailing the hours to work and how much money i will make with them, and send these papers to the Ministry of Employment(?) for approval.   Before submitting those papers i wanted to understand the procedure and its effects? Im aware i will be paying more taxes but how much? is there a limit to what i can earn with that company?   Also anyone know here i can find a steuerberater in Bonn who is willing to deal with with English (my German is Kaput :))?
  2. Hello hello, This has been talked about a bit, but not my exact situation (that I found). Would be happy with any help. I'm a US citizen here on a freelance artist visa, registered only as a dancer. I understood this to mean that I can only work if my contract says 'Dancer' specifically. But I hear of other people invoicing as 'creative services' or something else vague. Is that still possible (however frowned upon)?   And if not, am I able to work a 'mini-job' in something completely unrelated, say, washing dishes? Meaning, are mini-job separate from the rules of my visa because they're not full time?   .Matthew 
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  4. it seems most of the positions in Germany are permanent , even if it is limited by time compared to UK or USA where IT contracting is more  popular   any good websites to search IT  contracting jobs for Germany?
  5. Hi everyone,   My question is about the ability of a company to change the terms of a freelance employment contract when drawing up an extension to that initial agreement.   I have been working with a company on a freelance basis for the last 6 months. They use a major recruitment agency (naming no names) when dealing with contractors as part of their HR process for externals. I signed an initial 3-month contract in spring 2018 then a 3-month extension with the same terms. At the end of 2018 the client asked me to stay on for another 6 months, so we negotiated a modest pay increase and I waited for the extension document.   A couple of days ago i received that doc but the day rate had lowered. When I asked them about the new amount and they told me that it was because of the daily fees they now apply. No mention of these fees before or in the contract, just a lower amount for the day rate this time around. The document explicitly mentioned it being an extension of the original from spring 2018.   Based on that little overview, does anyone have any advice on whether a company can change terms when extending a contract in that way and if there is a reasonable argument to use against the change. I realise it's hard to advise without the details but input is welcome. Not signing the extension isn't really an option financially but removing the fees would be nice if I have the chance!   Thanks in advance     
  6. We are an international relocation company looking for Destination Consultants to help newly arriving expats and their families settle in to Munich. Home-finding, school search assistance, helping them get wired in to the city with the least possible disruption are all key parts of the role. You must be resourceful, personable, savvy with great people and communication skills. You must have a car, be resident for at least a year and have international experience. Excellent English, both oral and written is essential. You need a good level of German to be able to translate for assignees. Knowledge of the local rental market is helpful.  This is a freelance role, project based on assignee packages lasting 1-5 days.
  7. Hi all,   My husband (EU citizen) has been working in DE for 6 months, and the kids (also EU citizenship) and I are joining him on 1 Feb. As a GB citizen (ergo still EU for now) do I for now need to do any more than register at the Bürgeramt?  Also, I am currently a freelance translator in the EU country we are moving from and I plan to continue this form of work in DE (translating into English from my other EU language). As a Brit, if I manage to register as freiberuflich before B-Day, can I just merrily carry on?  
  8. Hello all,   I think I've got a tricky/weird tax situation for 2018, and I'm not really sure how to proceed with my German tax return. This is my first time posting, but I browse here quite a bit and you've already collectively saved me from committing a couple of big blunders - so thanks and cheers!   First, the facts: I'm a dual citizen of the US and Italy. I moved to Germany in August of 2016 to do a Master's degree. When I first arrived, I had only a US passport and was given the "standard" student visa. After living here for a couple months, I discovered I had a claim to Italian citizenship via birthright. The process took a while, but my Italian citizenship was (finally!) officially recognized as of June of this year. I've since gotten my Italian passport, updated my Anmeldung, etc. This year will also be my first time dealing with the Finanzamt - before this year, I'd only ever had a Minijob and a tax-free research stipend from my university.   Here's where the fun begins, I think:   1. I've picked up a bit of freelance work this year, and I'm wondering how best to handle that with the FA given that I also had a student visa (i.e., no freelancing allowed) within this same year. The paperwork for my research stipend says that, according to their policy, the university notified the FA of my receipt of the stipend. I don't know exactly what information was given to them, but it's probably safe to assume they were given at least a copy of my US passport and therefore only know me as a US citizen.   1a. Unfortunately, I seem to have done things a bit backwards - I have yet to submit the Fragebogen zur steuerlichen Erfassung. (I didn't know I needed to register in advance.) I've been finding conflicting advice here and elsewhere about whether this is a huge deal or not. Some claim there's a backdated fine, others have said their late forms were accepted without question - but some of the posts on this are over 10 years old. Does anyone have an idea of what might happen when I submit it? I'd really just like to be prepared.   1b. I also don't yet have anything from my current client that would count as an "invoice" under the German legal definition - and since I haven't even registered yet, certainly not anything with the required Steuer-ID! Due to regulations on their end, my new contract won't be ready until the end of this month, but (as we'd worked together a lot before I moved here and we trust each other implicitly) I've been doing informal off-contract work in the meantime. I had thought of just creating an "invoice" for the purposes of the FA that summarizes the work I've done to date in 2018, my rate, and how many hours I've worked. But if that invoice wasn't created at the time the work was done and was never officially "used," would that count as falsifying records/keeping two sets of books? I'd hate to make the wrong move there. Of course, I'm also not sure how big a deal this is, since (if I've understood everything correctly) invoices aren't submitted directly to the FA and are mostly just for me to keep for my own records, in case I'm ever asked for them.   2. Meanwhile, I've got another separate but related situation going on. In addition to the freelance stuff, I've been working for my academic department all year as Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft on a Minijob basis. During the year, I was approached by a second potential employer who needs the kind of work I specialize in, who also wanted to hire me on a Minijob basis. We began the paperwork process, but she then needed to push out the project until early 2019, and then my citizenship recognition process finally concluded and she decided to just hire me as a freelancer now that it's legal to do so. So, the second Minijob never actually came to be. However, it has had the lasting effect of pushing my WHK job to tax class VI, and it now seems to be stuck there. I tried to resolve this with my school in November, and even though they had me resubmit the paperwork to reflect what really happened, I just got my paycheck for December and it's once again been taxed at the (really stiff) class VI rate. Is there any way to retroactively reclassify it as class I, since it never should have changed at all? Or is my only option to claim all that tax back in the 2018 return?   And to top it all off, I made so little this year that I'm several thousand under the Grundfreibetrag - and that's before deductions!   I'd really appreciate any help or insights you have. I've already tried contacting several Steuerberaters to ask their advice, but every last one of them who responded has declined to take me on, claiming I don't earn enough to justify their services.   Thank you all so much in advance!
  9. Calculating net freelance salary

    Hello,   I am based in Bavaria and thinking about going freelance. Is there any calculator out there can can tell me for a gross salary, how much net I get? I know this one:   but assumes I am being employed by someone. Also, do I need an accountant or can I do everything myself? If I need an accountant, how much do I need to pay him per month in general? I know it depends on the person but are we talking 20-50, 50-100, 100-150?   If you know of any books or online resources in English on going freelancer in Germany, it would be appreciated.   Kind regards,   Paulo Matos
  10. Hi guys,   I haven't found a situation similar to mine so I started a new thread. I have been with TKK since I started working in Germany summer 2016. I have also stopped working and became a student for a few months then started working again and now I'm thinking of going freelance, which will cost me around 400 euros for my insurance plan. I have been looking into Ottonova and they have an expat insurance plan for freelancers that will cost me 150 euros since I'm still in my 20s and healthy. I'm wondering now, is it possible for me to switch to Ottonova if I'm going freelance?   I have read in here that I have to be insured for 18 months if I want to cancel my insurance, which I have been all in all but with breaks and switch of jobs, so I'm not sure if it counts all in all and also wondering if me going freelance is a good enough reason for TKK for letting me go and switch to a private insurer.   Thank you!
  11. Hello all!   I have read through several other threads here before posting my own, but none seemed to address all of my questions as fully as I would like.  I hope some of you can shed some light on my situation.   I am a US citizen, and have been working for many years in my home state in the US as a self-employed artist/business owner.  Though it has been a long road, I have been successful and want to keep it that way.  I have a business license registered in my state, which currently allows me to sell items online, at festivals or pop-up events (and of course through galleries and other consignment agreements).  I have owned a brick-and-mortar gallery in the past and would consider opening another in the future if the right opportunity arose.   This year, I married my fiancé, a German citizen living in Bavaria (we met in the US and have been alternating trips back and forth for the past two years to see each other).  As his wife, I was able to sign up for the Techniker Krankenkasse and apply for a German residence permit to join him.  I am unemployed in Germany and have therefore have registered as such and not attempted to do any business in my new home, but would like to be able to continue my work legally both in the US and Germany.  I plan to continue to travel to the US at least once or twice a year to visit family and keep up my business connections.   My specific questions are the following:   1) What further steps do I have to take to go from simply being a resident to being able to continue my business in Germany?  Should I retain my US business license and keep my business as a US sole proprietorship that happens to sell some items overseas or should I do the opposite register my business in Germany and make my new home my base of operations that happens to sell items in the US?  All of my clients and connections at the moment are in the US.   2) Since I often sell items with my art on them (mugs, calendars, etc) as well as paintings and prints, would I indeed be considered freelance or would I be self-employed?  (In the US, my art career is considered a retail business, but I notice things seem different in Germany.)  What is the better option?   3)  Am I indeed required to join the KSK or can I simply change my status from unemployed to self-employed at the TK?  4) How do sales and income taxes work in situations like this?   5) If I am transporting or shipping paintings across borders and oceans, what import/customs rules should I keep in mind?   6)  Is there any advice any of you can give me in general regarding starting out and doing business in two countries?  Taxes, legal, what have you?  At the moment, the thought of having to discontinue my work or have to accept it as a hobby only is a bit upsetting.  I want to believe that it isn't all as complicated as it sounds and don't want to make any big mistakes that will have legal implications.  Any advice or experience on the matter would be very welcome.
  12. Elster billing for UK and US companies

    Hello,   I have searched through the forums and cannot seem to find the answer I am after, so if this topic exists elsewhere please point me in that direction.   I am a US freelancer living in Germany on a Freelance visa. I have clients around the EU and have been able to deal with billing them and filing my ELSTER information each month easily enough. Now I have two new clients that I am not sure how to deal with for getting their VAT numbers to fill out the monthly ELSTER report. I will speak with my Steuerberater for a definitive answer if I need but I thought I would start here.   The first client is in the UK and is a small business so they do not need a VAT number. The second client is in the US and does not have VAT. Billing them and dealing with knowing how to pay the tax seems easy enough, I am getting caught up on understanding what I would do when filing the ELSTER income for these two clients. Has anyone dealt specifically with this situation for either of these countries?  
  13. We are an international relocation company looking for Destination Consultants to help newly arriving expats and their families settle in to Berlin.   Home-finding, school search assistance, helping them get wired in to the city with the least possible disruption are all key parts of the role. You must be resourceful, personable, savvy with great people and communication skills. You must have a car, be resident for at least a year and have international experience. Excellent English, both oral and written is essential. You need a good level of German to be able to translate for your assignees. Knowledge of the local rental market is helpful.    This is a freelance role, project based on assignee packages, lasting 1-5 days.
  14. I'm freelance photographer and wanna sell my lense which I bought for my job. I wanna sell it on Ebay or Ebay-Kleinanzeigen. My questions are,,, 1, is this a private trade? or a business trade? Because I bought the lens and used it for my business, I think I can't sell it as private. 2, if it's not private, should I add 19% VAT?   3, if it's not private, do I have to give the buyer a warranty? is this somehow avoidable? As long as I heard, even with used things, business seller must give at least 1 year warranty in Germany.  actually, one guy already asked me if I can give him an invoice because he wanna buy it for his own business. I'm not sure if I have to give him an invoice with/without VAT.  
  15. Topic split from: Moving from Artist Freelance Visa to "Erwerbstätigkeit gestattet"   I'm in a similar situation and wondering if anyone has feedback on getting Erwerbstätigkeit gestattet. In particular, I've heard that after 3 years of working in Germany (even as a freelancer), it is possible to get an open work permit that allows both employment and self employment. But I wanted to check that what I've heard, and also my interpretation of the law that states this, are accurate.   Does anyone have experience with the process for getting this? Does it require proof of a job offer, or just the normal documents required for renewal? Presumably, one needs to go back and have the permit changed rather than it being something automatic after 3 years? And is there same-day processing similar to a normal freelance renewal or is it a separate longer process?
  16. I am a dual German/US citizen living in Germany for 3 years now and know my way around German & US tax returns. However, I also have a small freelance side-business via the freelance website UpWork. I know I can exclude this income from my US taxes via the FEIE (Foreign Earned Income Exclusion) but where I'm confused is US self-employed tax.   I am a full time employee in Germany and pay German taxes. My income from my freelance is paid to me in US dollars directly to my US bank account via UpWork (a US company). Does this make me a self-employed person in the US? What taxes am I required to pay on this income, if any? Since this income has nothing to do with Germany, I don't need to report it in Germany, correct? I'd really appreciate any clarification here.
  17. Reopen freelance tax number

    Hello, I had a freelance tax number a few years back, which I then cancelled because I wasn’t doing any work. Now I’m considering working freelance again and I was wondering if there is any way to simply reopen the number without having to fill in forms, etc. again   Thanks in advance!
  18. Hello TTers,   We are interested in hiring a babysitter in Berlin (a few hours per week, 300 or so EUR per month). Is it legal to just pay the person via a bank transfer every month, and leave it to the person handle all of the bureaucracy on their own? The candidate we are speaking to has several freelance gigs, so I do not think a mini-job is suitable, nor do I want to deal with spending an extra 20-30% of the total amount (not to mention time dealing with paperwork) I am to pay this person on a Steuerberater to deal with that should be a pretty simple, straightforward process (yeah yeah, I know, German bureaucracy, can't escape it, need a pro, yada yada yada). Would the person need to send me an invoice, or could we just write out a freelance contract which specifies everything? The person in question is an EU citizen with a DE Anmeldebescheinigung. Thank you,   -Brockman
  19. Hello I need to fill in tax returns for 2015 to 2017. I earned only a tiny amount during this period i.e. between 300 and 1300 EUR/year and I earned it England. Obviously i have made a huge error by not having completed tax returns for these years (I lived on savings) and not registering as self-employed (again because i was hardly earning anything).   I am in contact with the Finanzamt to get my affairs in order but I wondered if someone could help with the following questions: 1. From reading elsewhere on this site, I believe that I should enter the income in Anlage S and Anlage AUS. Do i still need to use Anlage even though the income was not taxed in England? ( 2. Do I still use Anlage S even though I was not officially self-employed during this period? 3. I am not claiming any expenses against this income, but are there any other ways I can ease the process of getting things in order with the Finanzamt?   Thanks in advance
  20. Hi all,   I have just received a freelance visa under regulation 21 abs. 5 (as an artist) - in my Zusatzblatt it is written that I can engage in any self-employed activity as an "artist". So far it has been almost two months and I have not managed to sell any of my art work (surprise).   Few years ago before coming to Germany I have worked with advertising agency company as their copywriter and transcreator (translation of advertisements). I read somewhere here that some type of translations can be considered artistic. Would copywriting/transcreation/ novel translation be considered artistic enough by the ABH? I would be grateful if anyone could suggest me how to check if I am allowed to work for such a kind of job?   And also, should I start working as a copy writer/ transcreator/ translator, would I be in trouble if some of the officer at ABH conclude that it is not an artistic job? And also, how would they know what kind of translation I do if I only work for companies abroad? (Just curious and believe me I am not willing to risk this)   Thank you and I look forward to hearing some advice   PS. just to add more information, My permit card says: 21 Abs. 5 My Zusatzblatt says: Erwerbstaetigkeit (2 Abs. 2 AufenthG) nicht gestattet. Freiberufliche Taetigkeit (en) als Kuenstlerin in Bundesgebiet gestattet (21 AufenthG). Die Aufenthaltserlaubnis erlischt bei Beendigung der Taetigkeit.   Thank you again!   Best, N
  21. Freelancer, Employed, what do I do?

    Hi, I'm gonna try this again with new information.   I just arrived in Berlin this week (EU citizen) and got registered.   I previously had 2 remote side-gigs (one coaching - Brazilian company, one data-entry - American company). I also will start a new job as an online ad rater (American company, but based in Germany). My degree is in theater. All of these jobs will come to about 500 Euros/month.   On top of that, I also got hired part-time as an employee (my employer doesn't care about these other jobs).   Do I need to register at the Finanzamt as a Freelancer? If so, what category would I be under?   Thank you!
  22. Switching visas in Berlin

    Hi there,   I'm a Canadian, and in 2016/2017 I was living in Berlin on the working holiday visa. I will be coming back to Berlin at the end of 2018, likely on the freelance artist visa and will be working in the field of photography. I'm very interested in eventually being able to work as a photographer for a company, as its appealing to have stable work and health insurance. I understand that in order to qualify for a working visa, that I need to be sponsored by a company. My question is, is it possible to switch visas if I find a company that wants to hire me while I'm on the freelance artist visa? I'm having trouble finding information on this specific topic, so any information is greatly appreciated. Thanks!