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MasterCard won't disclose who leaked my credit card details

I was recently informed, by the payment processing agency of my bank, that an online shop was compromised and that as a precaution my MasterCard credit card was frozen and replaced. There was no ...
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Borrowing money in one country to pay off debt in another

I'm currently living in Germany and can borrow a substantial amount of money at almost no interest, effective 3.4%. In my home country I have several mortgages, basically at the moment funding ...
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Random and anonymous `western union´money transfers into my account, is it a scam?

Two months ago I received a money transfer of around 200 € into my account from a company called Custom House Financial UK, which turns out to be an affiliate of Western Union (ie. they do money ...
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When to stop saving and start investing?

Since I started my first job after graduating a few years back, I always saved a certain percentage of my salary each month on an extra savings account my bank offers. At that time, and until recently,...
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Should I buy a house now before prices rise even more?

We rent an apartment in Frankfurt, Germany and we are contractually bound to it for another 1.5 years. We are 33 and 35 years old and there will be children soon. We make around 110k € annually (...
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What do I need to watch out for when receiving a large sum of money as a gift in Germany?

I live in Germany. If my father would want to give me a large sum of money - let's say 10,000€ - what would be the safest, least bureaucratic way to do this? I'm an apprentice and I still receive ...
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Umlaut Character in Account Holder Name (German Bank)

I sent a payment through international bank transfer to Germany. But, the account holder name has special characters like ö, ä, ü, and etc. In my case, it's ü. Is there any other words that are ...
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In Germany, how can I maximize the impact of my charitable donations?

I have recently reached a point in my life where I want to start making regular donations to worthwhile charities, but I have no idea which charity is most "deserving" of my money. I understand that ...
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I have an extra 1000€ per month, what should I do with it?

I've seen a few questions like this here, but they all seem to be adressed to Americans and their way of life. Let me explain: I am 27, single, live in Germany and recently got my first job, which ...
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Should I pay myself a dividend or a salary?

I'm considering starting my own limited liability company in Germany (GmbH). However, I myself live currently most of the time in Spain (more than 183 days per tax year, the other time is business ...
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Is it better to take highest mortgage you can afford?

My partner and I are looking to buy at the moment. I won't get into all the details but we live in Germany, have a budget in mind and have talked with a few brokers and providers. Our idea for the ...
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Should the bank cover money lost due to an unsuccessful transfer?

Recently I have transferred money from Deutsche Bank, Germany to Standard chartered Bank, India. My transaction was not successful due to an Indian Government policy change for demonetization. The ...
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What happens with an international transfer in a different currency than my own?

My customers are in Germany and I told them to pay the money for me using a bank transfer. I gave them the swift code and the IBAN and other information, but the problem is that I forgot to tell ...
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Bank account in Germany for non-residents?

I'm an EU citizen currently working in Germany. I have a bank account there, but when my contract ends, I'll probably migrate to other country, but it's likely I'd return there after some time. I ...
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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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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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How important is the beneficiary field in a bank transfer in the Euro zone?

When doing a bank transfer in Germany (and probably by now other countries that have Euro with IBAN and BIC) you have to give a beneficiary. In German, that is either called Kontoinhaber or ...
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If I carry a lot of money from Germany to Spain, what can go wrong?

Currently I have a bank account at Deutsche Bank with approximately 30k€ I have collected working and saving money. I want to move all this money to my Spanish bank account. I have already phoned them ...
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Can IRS levy a bank account in Germany?

Does anyone know if the IRS can levy my bank account in Germany? I bank with Commerzbank. From what I have read, if the bank has a branch in the USA (Commerzbank only has one) they can seize your ...
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Net salary in Germany for programmers

I got an offers as a freelancer to work from Germany (the company is not German but I will live in Germany when I'll work for them). Since I'll be a freelancer in need to give them an hourly rate for ...
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Italy BTP vs. German Bund spread. Care to explain?

I hear a lot of chatting about BTP/Bund spread recently. I am not familiar with this concept. Could you explain what it is and what it means, in layman's terms?
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Where/Who do I have to notice the family status (after marriage) change to in Germany?

I live in Germany, and I have recently gotten married. Since this change affects my income taxes - I need to notify Finanzamt (tax office). Do I do it by some letter or by coming in and filling in ...
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How to pay taxes for ETFs in Germany?

When I invest in ETFs and I generate profit, do I have to pay taxes for the distribution or the appreciation of value of my ETF positions? If yes, how to pay these taxes and where? Is this ...
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Credit rating in Germany

A multitude of questions address the issue of credit ratings and FICO scores in the US and other countries. I am however specifically asking how credit scores (SCHUFA) work in Germany. From various ...
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In Germany: can i live in a Betriebstaette to circumvent payment of the Rundfrunkbeitrag

While for a flat a person has to pay 17 sth. € per month, while for a Betriebstätte with one person working a company only has to pay 5.99 €. As the company doesn't have to pay anything at all if the ...
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What are the costs of being an unsuccessful freelancer for a year?

I'm trying to get a rough idea what being an unsuccessful freelancer in IT for a year would cost. Unsuccessful means not being able to bill a single hour for the year and therefore having no income. ...
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What's the easiest legal way to receive small amounts of money in Germany?

I'm currently running a rather small online service with about 100-200 active users. In the past I paid all expenses, mainly the servers, myself. Now that the service reached this number of users, I ...
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Loan to buy a real estate in Germany

Today I have a question about home-loans: I started saving money to raise a small capital in order to submit a request for a loan and since I am totally new to this topic (and some language barriers ...
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Are there any more or less tax-efficient assets in Germany?

Is there anything (legal, non-obscure, serious, etc.) a private, personal, non-expert investor can or should be careful about to improve on the amount of taxes paid? I mean actual financial ...
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I still have my German bank account, but I'm not residing within the EU anymore. Can I use it to receive EU income?

I lived in Germany for 2 years (up until earlier this year) and used my Comdirect bank account to receive my salary while I was working there. Fast-forward and I leave my job and return to my home ...
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When would it be better to pay my public transport ticket at once vs. in 12 monthly installments?

I live in Germany and I use public transport to go to work. I have a yearly public transport ticket which costs 1000€. The transport association offers me the choice of paying 1000€ in one transfer ...
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Investment options for a 26 year old living in Germany

This question might seem quite broad, but my intention is just to get some basic understanding of the investment options available in Germany considering the fact that I am new to the world of ...
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Tax class change in Germany?

I moved 2 months ago to Germany from Dubai for a new job. I am placed in tax class 1 (steuerklasse 1). I am married but because my wife was waiting for her long stay visa (she is non eu passport ...
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Stock markets and dividends: When exactly does one need to own shares to be entitled to the dividend? [duplicate]

I have a more or less formal question regarding dividends. If a company pays an (annual) dividend of - say - 5%, this is voted for/against on the annual general meeting. Now, the dividend is paid ...
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How to prepare to purchase a house? (Germany)

I'm in my late twenties and want to prepare for my future life. I've no debts and a small amount in savings, but I'm going to need some for my marriage this summer. Now I want to prepare for our ...
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How to reclaim the value-added tax when buying something on eBay?

I want to buy a digital graphics pad/touchscreen on eBay for technical drawings. Because the article's seller is based in Germany, and I live in Switzerland, and because the article is worth more ...
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Tax deduction macros in Python for Germany

I work to implement a set of German tax deduction macros in Python for private use and have some errors, one of my troubles is correct deduction of Lohnsteuer. There are quite many online calculators ...
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Can I get import duties refunded when forwarding a product?

A producer of some electronic hardware did not allow for delivery to a non-EU country. I therefore sent it to Germany and it will be forwarded to me by my relatives. However, there are taxes on ...
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German + U.S. Social Security Agreement

I'm an American and have been working in Germany for the past few years, first in a company and now as a Beamter (government employee). I am planning to move back to the U.S., and had a question about ...
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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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What is payment against invoice?

The term "PAYMENT AGAINST INVOICE" appears on my job contract and no idea what that means exactly. I am in Germany.
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Germany - Tax implications for a full-time contract in the same year of a HiWi contract

I'm about to graduate from a German university. At the beginning of the year, I am working a HiWi (research assistant) job, and the contract ends in March. After I graduate I'm going to take up a full-...
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Tax category in germany when paying for girlfriend rent/education (not married)

I am going to care of my partner during the time she does her master. She's persian and will do her master in Germany. I'll basically be responsible to pay for life costs, universities etc. I know ...
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Used to have German current account, left without closing it

In 2011 I spent a few months in Berlin and opened an account with Berliner Sparkasse. I left the country (returned to the UK) but neglected to close the account (every interaction with the bank ...
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Medium-term money investment in Germany

I'm an expat from Russia living in Germany and I'd like to invest 10-20k€ for 1-3 years somewhere. Bank deposits have an extremely low interest rate. The most popular investment is property but I'm ...
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Should I accept shares as payment?

My possible future employer offered to pay me in shares of the startup I would join. He dropped sentences like "brutto equals netto" and "We can pay you more in shares than in cash". Obviously there ...
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Cash Deposit to own account Sparkasse Germany, without a card

I just moved in Germany and got an account in Sparkasse. I wanted to deposit some cash on my own account and I don't yet have a card, it's going to arrive later apparently. As far as I gathered it's ...
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Making up National Insurance shortfall when working abroad

I lived and worked in the UK for several years, but now live and work elsewhere in the EEA, where I will remain indefinitely. (I have no plans to return to the UK to work or retire, but anything's ...
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How can I sell things online legally as an under-aged person? [closed]

I'm a pupil from Germany, I'm 15 years old and I want to sell a product online. However, it's not as easy as it may sound. The first problem is that I am not allowed to sell things before I'm "...
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Postbank (Germany) - transferring money to the US - what are the best options?

The German 'Postbank' offers money transfers to the US on their website. Has anyone experience with that? My question are for the cheapest and fastest way (of course); namely: should I pick 'transfer ...