Self-employed from July to September before moving back home: what is the best way?

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I am currently living in Berlin (EU citizen) and so far I have always been a permanent employee (I am a software engineer). I have just secured a fully remote job with a EU company and because they do not have a legal entity in Germany, I will need to be self-employed. This is meant to be for a limited period of time (around 3 months) as I will then move back to my home country (Italy -  then there I will need to work out what to do)

I certainly would like to avoid to incur in Scheinselbstständigkeit, but I have read that a Freiberufler / Freelancer can only work up to 80% of their time for one employer. I believe that such percentage only apply on yearly salary, is that correct? Here is my question. What is the best and of course legal way I can work as a self employed for a sole customer for such a short period of time? Would this be Gewerbetreibender / Self-Employed or Freiberufler / Freelancer? Do I need to set my limited company? What are the cost differences? More importantly, I would like to go for an option that does not break the bank for no reason. This is an initial advice then I am planning to consult with a tax advisor. 

Thank you

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Hey Idioma. I'm not an expert but a colleague of mine was in the same pickle last year. He established a GmBH but it was kind of an overkill he says - with all the bureaucracy that comes with it. I think self-employed(Gewerbe) would probably cut it when you are starting out and you can always convert to an entity.  This article on starting a business might help. Or you can start with UG if you need limited liability.  Dissolving a company when you want to move out of Germany I hear can also be quite a hustle.

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In my opinion for such a short duration you could simply register as a Freelancer and get a Steuernummer.  If the customer is in the EU you will need most likely need to charge VAT and you will need to get a sales tax number.  Cancelling is a simple process once you are done with the entity. Bottom Line: Talk to an accountant should be able to assist you and prevent you form getting into trouble.

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On 28/04/2021, 12:41:18, DJMxDE said:

In my opinion for such a short duration you could simply register as a Freelancer and get a Steuernummer.  If the customer is in the EU you will need most likely need to charge VAT and you will need to get a sales tax number.  Cancelling is a simple process once you are done with the entity. Bottom Line: Talk to an accountant should be able to assist you and prevent you form getting into trouble.


Hi there,

thank your reply. I kinda got to the same conclusion. It seems to me that I can just register as a Freelancer and get a TAX ID. I currently have an employee TAX ID, do you have any id whether I can request a Freelancer TAX ID for a future date (1st August) while I am still working my notice? I am struggling to find any info on that. I am also thinking to use Sorted, I wanted if you have a good experience with it or you know anybody who used it?

Thank you,

Regards,
 

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