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unconventional practices in Prenzlauer Berg

Many people tell me that the Finanzamt in Prenzlauer Berg is unconventional in their practices and methods. Unfortunately I believe they are right, I've experienced it myself. If some employee decides to focus on you they will go back several years trying to find anything that might get you in trouble. They have time to waste so they will keep coming back attacking you no matter how well you document everything. My best advice is to stay in Germany for tourism but not fir business.

Michele Princigalli 59 days ago

How to make tax declaration?

Paying taxes is crucial! Therefore I wrote a short post about: How to make your tax declaration in Germany step-by-step - check it out: http://blog.getdoido.com/2015/01/get-your-tax-money-back-a-step-by-step-guide/

Matt from doido 171 days ago

good info for tax time!!

hi, just a note to say that i found this blog super useful and so i linked to it in my own blog post about being freelance as a foreigner in germany (http://www.englishyogaberlin.com/top10tipsforfreelancersinberlin-2/). anyway thanks very much, it was really helpful. cheers
meg

meg more than 1 year ago

website for tax forms?

Hi, this advice is helpful but it's missing the same information that I've as yet been unable to find on any website: where does one download tax return forms? The Finanzamt has weird opening times and staff there are generally not all that helpful... would be great if you could recommend a website, in German or English, where you can find out which forms you need and print them off without having to take a whole day off to do it.

My personal situation is that I worked part of the year in a mini job and the other part of the year self employed. Do you know where I could find anybody who gives advices about taxes for odd situations like this? Thanks!

Elain more than 1 year ago

tax forms

I believe you can find them hidden somewhere on any Finanzamt's page, but it's a tough cookie to crack. Anyway:
http://www.finanzamt.bayern.de/Informationen/Formulare/Steuererklaerung/Einkommensteuer/2013/
Hope it helps

Olda more than 1 year ago

Forms?

Hi, this advice is helpful but it's missing the same information that I've as yet been unable to find on any website: where does one download tax return forms? The Finanzamt has weird opening times and staff there are generally not all that helpful... would be great if you could recommend a website, in German or English, where you can find out which forms you need and print them off without having to take a whole day off to do it.

My personal situation is that I worked part of the year in a mini job and the other part of the year self employed. Do you know where I could find anybody who gives advices about taxes for odd situations like this? Thanks!

Elain more than 1 year ago

Rec for tax accountant

Any one have a recommendation for a good tax accountant? Especially one with experience with American freelancers in Germany? Thanks for this article by the way, very helpful.

Mmmsoymilk more than 1 year ago

accountant


http://www.americansincometaxservice.com/contact_en.html
(pls tell 'em Exberliner sent you)

Maurice T Frank more than 1 year ago

Germany Tax - FullTime Employed Foreigner % payment?

I am considering of relocating to Escborn for work and would like to know the % of tax I have to pay as a foreigner (I am from Australia) with a domestic partner (who have no income).

Let's say my gross income is EU$100,000.00. What is the minimium gap/cap and the % of tax?

Also, what is the average house/apartment leasing price there or anywhere near, within 1 hour of train travel?

Here's looking forward to your kind feedback.

Danke.
Phillippe

Phill H Lim more than 3 years ago

Non-resident

Does anyone know the cap on earnings for non-residents from other EU countries and if they must file for small amonts like €6000

Rico more than 3 years ago

AMERICANS GERMAN TAXES

THE FOREIGN TAX EXCLUSION DOES NOT APPLY TO FREE LANCE INCOME...YOU MUST PAY SELF EMPLOYMENT TAX IN THE U.S. ON THIS...EVERYONE GET'S THIS WRONG..AND THANKFULLY I DID'T ...ONLY BECAUSE SOMEONE TOLD ME YEARS AGO..AN AMERICAN TAX CONSULTANT IN THE STATES...GO TO WWW.IRS.GOV AND READ UP FOLKS...ALSO, IF YOU GO OVER THE $ TAX EXCLUSION, ABOUT $90,000 DOLLARS...YOU PAY FROM DOLLAR ONE, NOT BEGINNING AT THE 90K..SO LET US BE CAREFUL OUT THERE! BEST ADVISE. DON'T ASK GERMANS QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR TAX STATUS AS A FOREIGNER....ASK THE IRS FIRST....AND UNLESS YOU HAVE A REALLY COMPLICATED TAX SITUATION..YOU CAN DO YOUR GERMAN TAXES WITHOUT HIRING ANYONE..IF IT'S JUST LOHN (INCOME)...BUT IF YOU OWN PROPERTY, EXPECIALLY RENTAL PROPERTY IN THE U.S., HAVE BANK ACCTS. THERE WITH INTEREST EARNING ACCTS, U.S. INCOME OF ANY SORT, ANY INCOME FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, AS A RESIDENT OF GERMANY, YOU MUST DECLARE THAT INFORMATION..AND YOU WILL BE TAXED BY THE GERMANS ON IT IN MANY CASES...THIS IS WHEN YOU REALLY NEED TO BE CAREFUL AND GET A US/GERMANY TAX CONSULTANT...LATER IS TOO LATE...WHO KNOWS HOW LONG YOU'LL REALLY STAY IN GERMANY...WHAT WILL BECOME OF YOUR TAX OBLIGATIONS IN BOTH COUNTRIES.....GOOGLE THIS SUBJECT TO DEATH AND GET IT RIGHT...GOOD LUCK

Alan Janssens more than 3 years ago

Steuerberater

Can anyone recommend a great Steuerberater?
I am specifically interested in figuring out the best way to setup a branch from a foreign company.

Many thanks!

Michael Bell more than 3 years ago

Tax time

Great article. I was so confused about the deadline being May 31st and December 31st. Both my friend and I are correct, we owe each other a beer!

Blair Dunn! more than 3 years ago

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