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  1. Hi everyone, I know that this topic has been already discussed but I can't find the right forum where I will have a precise answer to my question. I was a Kleinerunternehmer last year and I wasn't sure how much I was going to earn this year so my Steuerberater suggested me to switch to VAT and ask my clients for the VAT in my invoices. This only because I don't want to be in the situation of having to pay umsatzsteuer and einkommenstauer in January 2018 without being prepared.  FIRST QUESTION: I haven't earned more that 17500 yet (neither 8000) so I am going to pay the VAT even if I didn't exceed these limits. My tax consultant also told me that in case I won't earn more than 8500 I will pay VAT (monthly) but not Einkommensteuer at the end of the year. Is this correct? SECOND QUESTION: In any case I already wrote to the Finanzamt that I want to start paying VAT this year and I requested my Elster certificate so that I can independently do my monthly declaration. Unfortunately the elster online is the worst website in the history and its software it's even worse. I am clueless, what should my next step be? Should I first wait for another kind of number/code that represent that I am a VAT payer? How can I start with the monthly declaration? I got my certificate just yesterday and I still need to declare January, for which I will declare 0 but I want to insert the invoice from my tax manager so that I won't have to pay the VAT for it. Can anyone be so kind to explain me the next steps I need to take? Is it better to go with the website or software? If I select Umstatzsteuererklärung in the Formulare section of the website, it asks me to do it by year, not monthly and the latest year I can choose it 2015! I looked at the wiki guide but I can't understand what my first step should be, the Mantelbogen? Do I find it in my personal page on elster online? Any help will be greatly appreciated!! Thank you so much for your time helping me!! Giulia
  2. Hello guys,   I would like to know how the artist revenue from online-platforms such as CGtrader or Turbosquid (3D models), Fotolia (Stock photos) and so on should be declared. I am new to this forum, so I would like to apologize if this topic have been already discussed, as unfortunately I could not find similar situation here in the threads. Are this revenues considered to be part of freelancing income?   I am non-EU resident, architect, was a student till this August 2017. Initially I intended to do a small job for a company as a freelancer so I applied for Steuernummer in February 2017 and finished this job receiving 1200€. In August this company made a decision to hire me full-time so from Aug.2017 I completed studies and immediately changed my student visa to job visa with permission to be employed in one particular company and be self-employed as well.   At the same time I tried to explore an additional income of selling 3D models on 2 platforms (CGtrader and Turbosquid), which worked for me and I started getting revenue of ~200€ per month. This amount changes from month to month depending on how good/bad this models being sold. In general, total revenues from this 2 sources reached ~2500€ in 2017.    As I will be submitting first tax declarations this spring I would like to make it more clear to me of what exactly I need to submit, there are several different questions with which you could probably help. Except from submitting 1.Mantelbogen, I will need: 1. As being employee - Anlage N (declaring all my income of being employed Aug.2017-Dec.2017) 2. Having completed some freelance work - Anlage S (income 1200€ of all 2017 year), together with income/loss calculation 3. Online platform income..?    Now it is getting tricky to me how should I proceed with the online platforms revenue? Should I consider them as a part of freelance income (therefore I need to submit 1200+2500€ profit)? Or I made a mistake of not considering them as part of trading business as, let's say, artist? Should they be regarded as art pieces and therefore taxed as 26%? Am I considered now a trader and not a Kleinunternehmer? Now I am really getting confused   From one point of view this revenue are quite small, still I would like to make everything correct and pay taxes as much as I should not getting in trouble eventually. Whether I should stop asap with selling my models, declare the money I got till now and remain only an employee with possibility to freelance; on the other hand if to explore more of this possibility it could be a nice additional income, since managed properly (properly declared etc.)   Of course, hiring a Steuerberater will be a best solution, but first I want to clarify this for myself.   Will be glad for any help!   PS and sorry for the bad English