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  1. I am being audited as a freelancer

    Finanzamt is asking to audit my August 2019 VAT report and they are asking for invoices. I never sent an invoice to my clients as they don't need them. And yes, I am registered for VAT even though I never paid any VAT because my clients are all businesses outside of Germany and we do everything online. All I can give to Finanzamt is the (online) agreement I have with my clients.   I am wondering what might have triggered Finanzamt to audit me?   I do have an accountant, but I am asking here because it could also happen that my accountant has made some mistakes so I'd like to have an unbiased opinion. My accountant still hasn't submitted the tax returns of 2018 we have not yet submitted an annual tax return. I moved to Germany and registered as a freelancer only 16 months ago. (I read somewhere freelancers get audited once every 20 years).   So, I am just trying to make sense of the situation, hopefully, to understand how common it is to get audited and what might push the tax office to start an audit.
  2. Freelancer pension and citizenship

    I've read a few articles on these forums but I still don't have an answer. I also realise all the rules might be changing in 2019 and that worries me even more.   I'm a non-german married to a German and moved here on a marriage Visa. I worked as a freelancer for the first year (2017) and chose not to pay into a pension. I am now employed and also freelancing so my employer is paying into the state pension for me. My question is 2 fold.   1. I intend to apply for citizenship towards the end of year 3 (as I'm married to a German and have completed all other requirements this should be fine). Obviously I only have about 8 months of payments in state pension from my current employer. As I was a freelancer before, are they going to make me retroactively pay into the pension to make sure I have a full 3yrs of payments?   2. I'm also intending on going back into full time freelance in the next few months. Am I now required to continue paying into the state pension? How will this affect my eligibility for citizenship? I don't mind either way, it will just affect my budgeting.    Any advice would be welcome. Even the details of an advisor.   Thanks!   Nick
  3. Hi helpful Towtowners!   I urgently need to get a Gewerbeschein in order to invoice Deliveroo for freelance bycycle delivery services rendered since early December 2017. They won't give me any more work until i get this Gewerbeschein, so there is a certain urgency to this as I can't make any money right now.   The key thing is that I only want to register as a freelancer rather than registering a business, because this is not my business it is Deliveroos. I also need to make sure I don't accidentally register a business in the property I own because I have lived in the property since buying it and don't want to needlessly pay capital gains tax when I sell up.   Gewerbe v. Freelancer Registration   Gewerbe?: On the https://www.berlin.de/ea/emeldung/emeldung/?op=emeldung-start-meldeart&gmid=1546302 website, you can do a Gewerbe Anmeldung, but I don't want to create a business, I just want to register as a freelancer so I can freelance for Deliveroo and any other company I like.   Key questions:   1 - The following quotations from the website in Apendix A1 ((freelancer v. self-employed) seem to match what I need, so do I just need to fill in the "Fragebogen zur steuerliche Erfassung" form and go to the Finazamt?   2 - Can I just turn up at the Finanzamt and someobody will be able to answer general questions before helping me fill in the form?   3 - How do I register as a freelancer (or do a Gewerbe Anmeldung if I have to) without registering the property I own as the place of business i.e. to avoid paying capital gains tax? N.B. I have just lived here since buying it. @PandaMunich has helped me to clarify this in previous posts. I do pay a monthly fee to a co-working space where I can receive mail, so if I have to register a 'business address' that could be an option.   4 - I don't know if I will earn more than the €17.500 threshold and would prefer to avoid the extra hassle of VAT returns etc. So, if I don't register for VAT but then end up earning more than €17.500 in the year, what happens then?   5 - I actually made my first deliveries in December of 2017, but haven't submitted any invoices yet, so can I just start my tax year from 2018? I don't want to have to submit a tax return for just a few days. In the UK it would go by the invoice date, so that would be fine.   6 - @PandaMunich had some input on a discussion on "Rechtsform des Betriebes" on Toytown and the following was mentioned: "Gruppe 1: natürliche personen" (https://www.toytowngermany.com/forum/topic/322984-rechtsform-des-betriebes/) This sounds like it might be similar to what I want. Really, I just want to be able to perform any work I wish in a freelance capacity and be taxed accordingly, rather than rgeistering a business and then having to limit myself to whatever was described in that short description.   7 - Is it worth getting a Steuerberater to handle my taxes? If so, how much might I expect to pay?   8 - When it comes to submitting the tax return, will it be a problem for a Steuerberater or Finanzamt official that I'm not submitting any expenes for health insurance (because I don't have any as of yet) (@john g. You might have an inisght into this)   Any help is greatly appreciated.   Appendix:   Appendix A1: Article on difference between being self-employed and being a freelancer as mentione above:   https://www.settle-in-berlin.com/how-to-become-a-freelancer-in-germany-self-employed/ "The difference between freelancer & self-employed: which one are you? Before worrying about documents, registration, taxes and so on, you will need to understand the difference between being a freelancer and being self-employed in Germany. Although it does sound similar, there are pretty substantial differences between the two. Self-employment can be divided into 2 broad categories: Freiberuflich or freelancer: it is one specific type of self-employment that is limited to only a certain number of liberal occupations. Those professions are often linked to some sort of scholar, academic or creative service, as defined in income tax law here (EStG § 18). Those can range from dancers to doctors, from architects to journalists, from lawyers to programmers. Freelancing in Germany does not require to register a business which involves less paperwork. Gewerbetreibende or tradesman/business: this is linked to all other kinds of occupations that don’t qualify for the official freelancer definition. Any other sort of commercial entreprise usually falls under the classification of business in Germany. Most often than not, it is about building, trading or selling physical stuff. In this case, you will need to register a business (Gewerbe), which explains why the term “Gewerbetreibende” is used to differentiate this category." ... "Registering as a freelancer in Germany Registering as a freelancer in Germany is a fairly straightforward process as it doesn’t involve registering a corporation or getting trade permits. However, please hold in mind that some occupations will require a specific degree to be able to do freelancing in that field. All you need to do is to: Fill in this form (Fragebogen zur steuerliche Erfassung). It’s a small questionnaire to let your Finanzamt know that you plan to become a freelancer in Germany. You can fill-it online, save it or print it when you are done. If your German is a bit sketchy, you can use this little guide or get help from a German friend. Bring it to your local Finanzamt. If unsure, which one is yours, you can check this here. Receive your new tax-ID (Steuernummer), which you will put on all your bills from now on. Registering as self-employed in Germany (Gewerbetreibende) As the name suggests, you will need to register a Gewerbe (a business) at your local Gewerbeamt (Trade office). Please note that in this case, you will need to register your Gewerbe before going to your Finanzamt. The process at the Finanzamt is then the same as mentioned above for freelancers. This is also fairly easy, especially if your status is going to be Einzelunternehmer (Sole proprietorship)."    https://www.berlin.de/sen/finanzen/dokumentendownload/steuern/daten-und-fakten/betriebseroeffnung-betriebseinstellung/steuerliche_erfassung_selbst__ndige_t__tigkeit_beteiligung_an_einer_personenges.pdf   N.B. Please refrain from posting insulting/disparaging comments or anything negative which is not constructive or helpful. In every post I write there are always incredibly helfpul posts but sadly also posts which just criticise unhelpfully or direct the discussion off-topic. I would like to help keep Toytown a supportive community. Thanks for your consideration.
  4. Hi,   I used SteuerGo in English to submit my taxes for 2018. I just recently became a freelancer and started having to declare monthly (it seems it has to be done like this for the first couple of years) my income in Elster. However, I always need a German speaking friend to do this and after a couple of months I am trying to find a way to submit these using an app in English, something akin to SteuerGo but for freelance declarations. Is there something like this? If not, is there any guide in English as to what each field in the tax declaration form mean?   Thanks,   Paulo
  5. I did some googling and searching here, but surprisingly it didn't find anything for what I thought would be a popular question.   So, here are some more details. I have been a freelancer for a year in Germany and now I want to employ a part-time assistant for 700 EUR a month, but I have no idea of how to do that. I understand I will need to pay salary, social insurance, and health insurance for my employee, but can anyone give me some directions on how I can set all this up?   The person I am employing is my wife if that matters. She's never been employed in Germany, and part of the reason I want to employ her, besides needing her work, is so that she can have social and health insurance.