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  1. Hello the community of Toytown Germany, thank you so much for accessing my question.   I have been living in Berlin for 4 years, now with Aufenthaltstitel which is entitled to me as the "spouse visa" according to the visa of my freelancer husband from Japan.( I am from Japan as well) As our child started to involve in Kita, I started to look for the job as the freelance interpreter which I used to be. As a result I found various clients which locates outside of Germany, but mostly in EU. As they require VAT to start the job, I need to register my business here regarding to TAX and etc.  So am I legally allowed to work freely as the freelancer without any income limitation, in this situation? My Aufenthaltstitel says that " Erwerbstatigkeit gestattet", which I know that I am allowed to work here - possibly as the freelancer.   Additionally,  as I want to upgrade my career,  I recently applied to the university here as the part-time student (Basically they allow to take a course by half compare to the full-time student). In case of enrollment to the university, shall I have done any changes to my visa, or working permit if I am studying, and working on part-time basis at the same time?   Any information would appreciated - I already asked several administrative organization, but haven't got any precise answers yet.   Thank you so much / stay safe      
  2. Hi!   It is my first time being freelancer and needing to pay health insurance.    I am with AOK, at the end of the year they will calculate my income and would want me to pay some amount.    They told me if I earn under 900 euros, I will need to pay 350. If I go over 900 euros per month, I will need to pay more.   My question is, since I am a freelancer I have expenses, such as equipments, courses, travel costs etc. Will the amount for the health insurance calculated after my expenses?   For example, if I make 12.000 this year, I will need to pay 450 per month. But if I subtract my expenses, the amount goes down to 8.000 Euros. Which means 350 Euro health insurance per month. The difference is a lot and I want to be prepared at the end of the year to have no suprises=)   Anyone have any info? I would really appriciate it!
  3. Hey everyone,   got a question to ask. I want to get a freelance residence permit in Berlin.   First, a couple of lines about myself.   I'm 30, Russian citizen, been living in Berlin for the past 7 years on a student permit. Have a MA degree as a translator/interpreter from my home country.   Perfect, nearly native command of German (C2) and English (C2), native Russian. Have an unlimited accommodation contract since 2015 in Berlin.     I want to give up on my studies and get a freelance residence permit that would allow me to work as a translator/interpreter for different startups and projects in Germany. Finding those are not a big deal at all, I already got accepted for a job as a game localization tester (somewhat related to translation) only to find out that I'm not allowed to freelance on a student residence permit.     The biggest challenge though is to get that freelance permit.   I have experience in translating (not recent though).   Might get  a couple of letters of intent from German startups/individuals saying that they are willing to hire me as a freelancer for their upcoming projects... Showing a bank statement with somewhat €10000 wouldn't be a problem either. Have a translated diploma of my BA degree.     How realistic is my idea? Not in terms of actual working, but in terms of getting a freelance visa. Are they rather chilled in the Berlin ABH (especially if I speak perfect German to them and have a full set of documents put together with my immigration lawyer)?     Thanks!  
  4. Hi, I'm a registered freelancer but was thinking of getting a mini-job on the side. I have public health insurance through TK and I am trying to work out how much tax and HI i would pay on this second job. Let's say, for example, I earn 25k a year from freelancing. If I was to earn 400 per month on top of this with a mini job, how much would I have to pay? Will I have to pay the same insurance on my mini job (ie 14.6% HI and 3.3% care insurance)? These percentages are taken from my total earnings, right? The mini job isn’t exempt?
  5. Hello,   I recently got a little difficulty to find out how to declare some of my expenses.   I am a full-time freelancer. Sometimes, I hire other freelancers to collaborate on the jobs that I have. How do I declare these expenses? Do I declare them as a normal expense? Or is there a particular section?   I first declared it as an Intra-community service, but I realised now that this is not the right way. Anybody could enlight me on this?   Thank you. Best regards, Arthur
  6. Hallo:)   As per title, I've left Germany in February 2019 and closed my freelance activity. I didn't work during Jan and Feb 2019, do I still have to do my taxes even if I didn't earn any money in 2019? I am almost sure this is the case, so here is my second question:) My German ist kaputt and the previous two years I've been helped by my ex German girlfriend and she did my taxes through Elster. I've seen that she sent the formular EÜR 2018/2017 und ESt unbeschränkt (ESt 1 a) 2018/2017 but I can't find them on the website. Do I need to wait for them until March? I remember she couldn't do them in January because the formular where not available yet in January.    Thanks for any clarifications  
  7. Freelancer Cooperative

    Hi, does anyone have any experience with this organisation or similar? Would you recommend this method of operating for a freelancer? It seems a good way to have social benefits and freedom of freelancing combined :