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Caveat for participating in a private retirement fund sponsored by German "Riester-Rente"?

In my occupational pension scheme (VBL) I can, in addition to the legally required private pension insurance (VBL klassik), opt-in to extra private pension insurance (VBL extra). The latter is ...
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Avoiding taxes on a money gift in Germany

I'll come to Germany for the first time in 2023 to study in a German university as a foreign student. I am from the country of Georgia. My mother will soon give me a money gift by transferring it from ...
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What is my Tax Liability Germany when working in multiple countries?

I am currently working for a Company in Germany for 1 month and after that I will be working for another 5 months in Greece (from distance for the same company) where my permanent residence is. I was ...
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How to cancel a credit card you currently have debt on if the bank won't respond?

Several months ago, I got a credit card from Santander. I've tried many times to get their app Santander Sign set up and after about two months, it finally worked. But I still can't sign in because ...
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Tax for two fulltime jobs in the US and Germany for a non-US non-European citizen

I am a non-US + non-European citizen who is doing a postdoc in the US (under the J1 visa), in parallel, I have a full-time job (remote) in Germany. What will happen to my tax, shall I pay any extra ...
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Tax implications of the interest earned in India

I have some questions regarding tax implications of the income in India from the following sources. NRE Account (FD and Savings) NRO Account (FD and Savings) Mutual Funds Interest in NRE account is ...
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German stock exchange, ETR vs FRA

I am looking at the BMW stock for instance in google finance. Presented are two tickers: ETR:BMW https://www.google.com/finance?q=ETR%3ABMW&ei=uNGuU-CSGeP3wAPw-IC4Cg and FRA:BMW https://www....
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cashier check and interest rate

I see news that in Germany banks are asking people to take the money to other banks and need to pay bank negative interest to keep money. A co-worker pointed a strategy that we can possible use in USA,...
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German employee with stock options for a NASDAQ-listed company: eligible for Tax Treaty Benefits?

I am a German employee (German citizenship, living and working in Germany, no connections to the US) of a NASDAQ-listed company and have received stock options (more exactly RSUs, Restricted Stock ...
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Should I move my AUD ETF positions to EUR during a EUR weakness?

I used to work in Australia as an expat but since have moved back to Germany with no intentions to return. In my depot I have a 35,000 AUD iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV.AX) position including 5-...
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Why is the mandated minimal liability car insurance coverage so high?

All over the world, you need car insurance that covers the damages you do to others. In Austria and Germany, this insurance has to cover at least 7 790 000 € of damages. Isn't it a bit high? This ...
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If a European bank keeps debiting illegal account management charges, is there a way to block debits or even enforce a SEPA direct debit charge back? [duplicate]

If a European bank at which you have an account keeps debiting illegal account management charges from said account (e.g. an arbitrary 300% of the amount contractually agreed) and doesn't react to ...
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Where do international students pay taxes?

I am a citizen of one EU state studying in Germany and would like to start investing. As far as I am concerned, I am considered only "temporary living" in Germany. In this case, where would ...
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Can I appeal the cost of a rejected funds transfer from my bank account?

I recently ordered the transfer of 1000 Euros from my bank account in Israel to my bank account in Germany. After a while, when the money didn't arrive, I realized that I made a very silly mistake: ...
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Germany Taxes on ETF

I use DEGIRO broker, and I live in Germany. I bought some (leveraged 2x) ETFS during March 2020, and sold them in March of 2021. How do I calculate my tax on this? this was an accumalating ETF. Please ...
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Are third-party vehicle insurances allowed to keep the no-claims class down in Germany?

Almost one year ago, I bought my first car. It's the first and thus far only motor vehicle registered/insured to my name. The insurance company just sent me this invoice: They told me that for the ...
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Foreign Tax Credit for US Citizens: Levied/Accrued?

I am a US citizen living long-term in Germany, paid by a German employer. My taxes were deducted normally throughout the year from my paychecks, and sum to A. It turns out I overpaid a bit, by amount ...
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Broker wants to buy back stock over value (Kapitalmaßnahme Übernahme)?

My online broker approached me with a "Kapitalmaßnahme Übernahme - Ausschreibung". As I understand it, they want to buy the stock I hold in a specific company (US01609W1027). The offer is ...
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German PhD Student doing a Paid internship in USA for 3 Months. How to handle the taxes?

I am doing my PhD in Germany and get paid by the university. This autumn I am going to the USA (Massachusetts) for an internship at a software company. For those 3 months my salary from the university ...
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In which country do I pay capital gain taxes, as a German with a US Internship?

This year, I did an internship in the US, and during that time I bought some stocks. Now I am back in Germany, and got dividend payments on these stocks, and also want to sell some of them soon. ...
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Do I need to fill in my tax declaration in Germany?

Almost everywhere it is stated that if I am single and an salaried employee without additional income I do not need to present my tax declaration. However, I have read in a couple of places (for ...
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Private health insurance in Germany

I moved to Germany as a university professor two months ago. This month, I discovered that I am partially issured through the so called 'Beihilfe,' and that I have the option of choosing between ...
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Is scholarship tax free next to a salary?

Last year I received a six months research scholarship from DAAD within a collaboration with a Germany university. The total grant was around 21550 Euros. At the same time I was receiving my monthly ...
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Can you sell a liquid asset bellow market price to lower your taxes?

Imagine I bought 1 Bitcoin or any similarly liquid asset for 1.000 €. Imagine the market price went up to 10.000 €. If I sell at market value, I made a 9.000 € taxable profit. Is it legal to weasel ...
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How do I calculate net monthly salary (after taxes) in Germany?

If I were to say that my yearly, gross salary was 50,000 euros, then what would be my monthly net after-tax income? For example, this calculator looks OK to me: http://calculatenetsalary.com/...
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Deducing purchasing power equivalent salaries under tax between two countries

I am trying to figure out how to compute the equivalent salary in a country B given a salary in a country A by taking into account purchasing power parity and tax rates in both countries. The ...
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Job offer Purchasing manager

Been talking with a lady from Germany that wants me to be a purchasing manager. Here is the info I got This work-at-home position is responsible for generation of purchase orders using Company's ...
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Germany - How are Acc ETFs taxed after the first year of investing? (confused about how I can apply the calculation formula)

I just started investing in 2021 and upon reading how to calculate the tax I owe for my accumulating ETF, I realised I don't know how to apply the explanations found on the Internet to my situation. ...
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Cryptocurrency exchange for US citizen living abroad

I am a US citizen born and living in Germany. I have never lived in the states. My father had been living in the state of New York before he moved to Germany (this seems to be important for ...
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Are there any pitfalls to owning real estate as a student?

As title says, as a student in my 20s, are there any pitfals when it comes to (co-)owning (with sibling(s) or parents) a house worth say 500'000€? Taxes? Less chances of getting student scholarships? ...
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How are so many stocks tradable via Frankfurt that are not listed there?

For example, Stellantis says it is listed on Milan's Borsa Italiana, Euronext Paris, and New York Stock Exchange (source). Still it has a ticker symbol FRA:8TI and is tradable at Frankfurt. How is ...
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Do I need to sell stock to effectively use the German Sparer-Pauschbetrag (and if so, how much)?

In Germany, 801 Euros are exempt from the capital gains tax ("Sparer-Pauschbetrag"). There is a small tax on unrealized gains ("Vorabpauschale") but it is afaik negligible right ...
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Private sale: Buyer requests receipt for payment before payment was transferred. How does this scam work?

I am selling something on ebay Kleinanzeigen (German equivalent to craigslist in the US). A potential buyer first acted like a private person in writing, rather young at age, maybe even a teenager. ...
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Best way to pay taxes (German citizen living in US to work internationally)?

I am a German citizen living in the US on a J1 visa. I got an offer to work part-time remotely for a company in the UK. This company could hire me or I could work for them as a freelancer. Germany has ...
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Buyer from abroad wants to pay by bank transfer and let it fetch by someone else. What should I pay attention to if I want to accept the offer? [duplicate]

I want to sell a couch over the internet (ebay-kleinanzeigen.de, the german pendant to craigslist). A potential buyer wants to pay almost the full price, but he is somewhere else (+1 504) and wants to ...
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What is happening when a company wants to trade on a new stock exchange

I invested a year ago 5000 € in a company, listed on the Bulgarian (BG) stock exchange, because I really believed in their home automation products. Today it is doing well and after a capital increase,...
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What is the advantage of a Sparbuch, and how does this work?

In Germany, there apparently exists such a thing as a Sparbuch (literally: Savings book, apparently comparable to a passbook in the USA), mentioned in this answer. According to a recent news article, ...
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Germany - Nebenbeschäftigung under 450 EUR classified as Steuerklasse 6 instead of Minijob all the time. Retroactively fixable?

I started a second employment in November 2019, with a monthly pay below 450 Euros, and I don't have any other second employments. I'm now doing my tax declarations, and I have just realized that all ...
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I saw the place and have a signed agreement, might this still be scam?

Note: This is happening in Germany so the relevant document is in German. Translations to English are my own. TLDR: After visiting a place the landlord and I signed a document "Protokoll des ...
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Sending International Transfer from Jordan to Germany

I am trying to send enrollment fee to a German account for my master's degree. The university provided me with details that included: Receiver name Bank name IBAN SWIFT/BIC Do I need to use all ...
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Is my investment safe if the broker/bank I'm using goes into insolvency?

I'm using Scalable Capital as my broker. Once I buy ETFs through them, if Scalable Capital (or the bank they are partnered with) goes into insolvency, is my investment safe? I'm wondering if I should ...
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Starting investing in the UK or German stock market?

I am a German citizen but living and working in the UK. Starting my new job came with a higher financial benefit and stock options. I have never invested before but also don't want to waste this ...
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if my capital gain is less than 801 euros per year, then do I have to file any taxes?

In Germany, there is what is called a capital gains allowence of 801 Euro per year, so if I make less than 801 in profit by selling a share, etc. or getting dividends, then I don't have to pay any ...
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What is the difference of buying Coca-Cola shares from the NYSE vs Xetra?

What is the difference of buying Coca-Cola shares from the NYSE vs Xetra? I understand that the NYSE is in USD and Xetra is in EUR but the question here is about risks, dividends, and any other ...
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Paying the rent with profit of private investment company: What what would be the best construct?

My partner and I have rented a home in a small village and would like to stay there for many decades to come. However, I feel uncomfortable being a tenant. So, we have saved enough money to buy a ...
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Ways to invest my saved money in Germany in a halal way?

I will be graduating soon from university with a masters degree in computer science. I will get a good salary when I start working and I will save about 1000 euros each month. However I'm looking for ...
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What is the gift tax rate in Germany if I give my cousins money?

I would like to give a large amount of cash, about $75,000, to a cousin in Germany. What tax rate would they have for such a gift?
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Rough estimate of salary as freelancer equivalent to permanent [closed]

I have always worked as a permanent employee, but with so many companies working fully remote I am considering switching jobs. The thing is that most of the companies I am looking at are based in ...
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Living in France & working remotely in Germany - Tax class

I am working remotely from France for a German university. The HR department is claiming they need to put me in class VI. They say that since I am a remote worker (I have a normal public sector ...
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Is a tax deduction possible for tuition fees in Germany?

If I already have a degree, and then pursue a second degree in an unrelated field, do the tuition fees lower my taxable income? What does it depend on? For example, assume that in 2022 I have an ...

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