VAT ID num (USt-IdNr.) for a student freelancer?

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I'm a non-EU master student in Germany and confused as hell. 

 

I was just able to get my work permit (little green document stating what's allowed for me to do) changed to allow freelancing for certain clients. This was possible after I got a letter from my Hochschule explaining to the Stadtamt, that they see that my tasks fit my studies.

 

My new work permit now explicitly mentions the client's names and that I may work with them on freelance basis.  

 

One of these clients, a rather large studio is asking for me to include my VAT ID number (USt-IdNr.)  in my invoice. Looking into this, it seems you have to apply to that and it seems rather messy for someone not making large amounts of money. I am well under the taxable income bar.  I've so far been successful with just including my Steuernummer (11 digit number) with other clients.

 

Any thoughts/experiences/clues? 

 

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You have to register your freelance work with the tax office, have you already done that? If so, the tax office has given you the tax number to use on your invoices. 

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