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  1. 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.
  2. Hello to my favorite forum!  I have been searching for information but I'm starting to getting worried.  This is the scenario:    I'm a spanish guy that has been living and working in Germany as a normal employee since september 2018. I'm an aircraft mechanic.  Now, I quit my job a couple of months ago because a company from the UK made me a job offer.    This is a recruitment company and they don't have the AUG license ( Arbeitnehmerüberlassungsgesetz ). So they have an umbrella company that makes the payroll services for them.    Here is the thing, they want me to sign a 2 week contract but they are making me an invoice. I have to pay taxes (HI, etc, etc) by my own and  200 euros-fee service. And then, the principal company will give me a permanent contract.     I do not have the the  Freiberuflich  or the Gewerbetreibende ID.    I've been calling to the Finanzamt Hamburg but this topic it's a little bit schwer" for them. I am no longer in Hamburg.    Now my question is, Can I work as a freelancer in Germany without being registered as a freelancer? Can I pay taxes by myself as my ex company did?    I don't want to be a freelancer but this company is not giving me a second option. I'm married and I really don't want to mess with German Taxes as my German is not so good.     I will be more than happy to read your comments. I wish you all a great week.   
  3. Hi Tax and Finance experts. I have some specific question would be great if someone can clarify, but that needs some background info so here it is I have been working as full time employee for last 4 years and my wife has been on and off between full time, freelancer, no income and bare minimum income. She started and registered as freelancer in mid-2016 and was earning on an average 1000 euros a month and also paying for her own private insurance until June-2018, when she deregister as freelancer  and then did few months of minimum income of less than 200 euros a months for few months and was covered under my(Family) public insurance. Later in October -2018 she got a full time job and started paying her own public insurance and taxes(deducted from income), this lasted till January end -2019, now she is again job less but works as freelancer from time to time and keeping her income less than 445 euros/month(according to  Bezugsgröße 2019) so that she is covered under my insurance. We have already done our taxes until 2017 and now in process to do our taxes for 2018. Questions: Can you work as freelancer without being registered as freelancer in gewerbeamt when you earn less than 435 euros/month (in 2018) and is covered under your spouse public insurance? My wife worked for January 2019 as full time employee and then earned nothing in February and march. In April, she earned 400 euros and now has the opportunity to earn 900 euros for two months. Can she stay covered on my insurance when the total income for 2018 except January remains less than 445 X 11 = 4895 Euros . In this case it will be still 2200 euros(400+900+900) until June end (which is 440 euros average income for 5 months, February to June). So is it restricted to limit your income to 445 euros per month or just  total of 5340(445x12) euros per year, no matter if you earn more than 445 euros in certain months and less in others? Thanks in advance.  
  4. Hi there! I was wondering if anyone could help me out with a ´Finanzamt´issue! I recently sent a letter to my local Finanzamt in Berlin stating that I am no longer a freelancer and now employed ´Angestellt´. They sent me a letter back stating that I need fill out a document ´Steuerliche Abmeldung/Ummeldung´and that I need to send some photocopies of evidence that I no longer work as a freelancer. The evidence I could provide is stated as follows... ´Bitte legen Sie auch Ablichtungen der Verträge und Schriftstücke bei, die mit der Beendigung der Tätigkeit in Zusammenhang stehen, sowie eine vorläufige Ermittlung des Veräußerungs-bzw. Aufgabegewinns. Sollen Sie keine schriftlichen Vereinbarungen getroffen haben, bitte ich, den Inhalt mündlicher Abreden in einer Anlage darzustellen.´ Would it be enough just to send a photocopy of my completion certificate (as an English teacher) or must I also provide my ´Aufgabegewinns´? If so, how will I do so? Is someone able to provide me with a examplar or could lead me into the right direction? Dearly and thankfully appreciate many help!
  5. Hey all, I am an illustrator and graphic designer who intended to register as a freelancer in 2016. My German was not glorious at the time and I filled out the form as best as I could, mentioning my Art Degree and what I intended to do. When I received the Steuernummer for my activity the decision from the Finanzamt read: "Selbst. bild. künst. gew" (see attached).  Subsequently I was accepted and am part of the KSK. Since then, each year I am also asked to pay trade tax or Gewerbesteuer on top of the income tax. I tried to figure things out with my Steuerberater, she send some letters to the Finanzamt, but nothing happened until now (and it's been 2 years, now entering the 3rd). I mention that I never went to any other institution (such as the Gewerbeamt) to register, just the local Finanzamt. Here are my questions: 1. Am I truly registered as a freelancer or has it all been a big mistake since the beginning? (if so, can I change this) 2. Do freelancers (illustrators, graphic designers) need to pay tax trade in Germany? 3. Does anybody know a good english speaking Steuerberater that works with artists and knows the specifics of it all? Many thanks ☀️
  6. Freiberufler VAT number

    Hi, I recently registered as a freelancer in Germany. I got a number from the Finanzamt that looks like xxx/yyy/zzzz. I thought this was my VAT number but it's not. It's my steuernummer.   1. Does this mean I still need to register for a VAT number? 2. For example, I bought yesterday a microchip board at and they asked me for my VAT number. I gave them xxx/yyy/zzzz - they haven't complained yet. What should I give companies asking me for my VAT number? 3. I have a client in Spain, I assume I don't need to charge them VAT but do I need to do anything special like register somewhere or write something on the invoice, or nothing extra is needed?   Thanks,   Paulo
  7. 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
  8. Hey guys,   So I've been doing my research for a few days now and I'm looking for a tax-advisor in my city to have a meeting with next week so he can clarify anything. I'd love if you guys could give me the thumbs up in whether I understand everything correctly and I'm not missing anything, that way I can go well informed.   I will be working a freelance English teacher soon, for a foreign company. I believe this would be Scheinselbstaendigkeit, but that doesn't really affect the outcome of these things much.   Let's say that I make 764 Euro a month (that way I remain under the Grundfreibetrag and tax-exempt). I will have to pay 180 Euro for public health insurance (I'm already with AOK, as I was working a job before) a month because I'm below the minimum amount, so more than the 15.7% but whatever. Tax-wise I will have to pay nothing, so as long as I remain under the Grundfreibetrag, however, I will still need to fill out my Einkommensteuererklaerung.   Then, because I will be teaching English to kids (even though the company is located in Asia), I am forced to contribute to my pension fund, the rate of which is 18.7%, which means that I'd be paying 142.87 Euro per month. I cannot avoid this. I don't have to worry about sales tax, thanks to the Umsatzbefreiung für Lehtätigkeiten (or however it's called, but you get it).   So, at the end of the month, I should be paying a minimum of 322.87 Euro just for health insurance and pension fund, which I cannot dodge. This would leave me with only 441.13 Euro at the end of the month for food and rent and whatnot, which approximately 57% of my income.   Now, if I earned 1,200 Euro in a month and I were taxed at 14% I would basically have to give out 48.4% of my income away before I can pay for rent and whatnot. Which seems bloody dire, in my honest opinion.   Have I gotten everything right? Could someone correct me if I haven't?   Thank you so much!  
  9. Hi Everyone, I've been reading a lot of entries here and they are super helpful for me. Currently I have a problem with company that I couldn't find solution online. I would be grateful if you could give me some advise. I moved to Germany last year and currently attending Integration course everyday. And three weeks ago I started working 3 hrs/day at a small company in Frankfurt, helping in their workshop. I planned to work there as a part-timer everyday after class until end of April. Then my course will finish and I can start looking for a proper full time job. I was told that I can come to work whenever I'm free because they always need people. And they said everyone works as a freelancer there (later I found out that's not true) and expect me to do so. I was ok with the idea even knowing I have to go through a lot of paperwork. Because the flexibility of the work allows me to go to class in the morning is attractive so I said I can do the freelancer thing for them. But then after I started working, there were days I was told I didn't need come because they have enough people or they have meetings etc. So I only worked 3 days last week even I wished to work for 5 days. Since then I have changed my mind about the freelancer thing because I won't be earning enough to pay a tax advisor or actually worth my effort to go through all the paperwork. I explained my concern and told them I want to stop working and wish them to pay me the 27 hours of work (270 eur). They said they can't pay me unless I send them an invoice. What should I do now? Should I register as a freelancer to get the tax number and de-register immediately after? I'm worried about the amount of paper work I have to ideal with end of the year for tax return. Many thanks in advance.
  10. Hi everyone. I am a freelancer in Munich, and I'm in the process of filling out my first tax return here. Does anyone know if you can amortize a training or certification? I am a yoga teacher and did my training last year in order to be able to teach. I only started working and earning an income this year.    And if I can amortize the training, how do I declare it on the EUR form?   Thank you very much for any help or advice!
  11. Eligibility for freelance visa

    I'm a freelance 3d artist and graphic designer, My clients are from all over the world and i work for them remotely. My work is a per project based and each project is small that can be done withing a few days so there is no contracts signed when i accept a new project, however i think i can get an experience certificates/recommendation letters from my past clients... so i was wondering in my case if i'm eligible for freelance visa and what is the validity period of it and how much time needed to get the PR after getting the freelance visa and what is the privileges of this kind of visa.   Thanks