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Are banks in Europe allowed to charge you for too low a balance?

Ever since I've heard stories of people in the U.S. who (almost) emptied their accounts, I've feared of one day doing that too. I always make sure to have at least 100 EUR in each of my accounts. It ...
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How can I practically buy bonds?

A moderately low risk of investment is a government bond. If I understand correctly, I spend €1000 on a 5-year bond at a yield of 1%, then in 5 years I get back 1000*(1.01)**5=€1051.01, unless the ...
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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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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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How is second income (full-time + freelance) taxed in Germany?

Hello ☀️ I am looking for some advice with some tax/finances questions. I am a software engineer, employed full time in Germany. I’m from the UK (EU citizen with no visa concerns, for now…). I earn &...
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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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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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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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Is there a financial product similar to an annuity in Germany?

I'm trying to figure out how to buy an annuity in Germany. Specifically, I'm interested in a fixed immediate life annuity. That is, a product that would offer a fixed payout every month for the ...
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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 ...
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Do I have to declare these non-cash profits for income tax?

Let's say I have a website that gives information on electric guitars, but sells nothing. All income is generated via ads and affiliate programms. This income is of course subject to income tax. Now ...
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Set off computer against tax liability

I'm an employed programmer, officially not working from home. A friend told me, that you can set off your personal computer and up to specific values, you would not have to prove your work related ...
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Why does Mastercard allow Santander (Germany) to issue a Maestro card with a revolving credit?

Maestro is a debit card product by Mastercard. So far I have only seen or heard of cards which are one of the following: Linked to a checking account at the same bank that issued the card Linked to ...
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What are the possible benefits and risks of buying an old house in a far away area?

I live in Germany with very little savings, around 20k. I have seen some run-down old houses in far away areas offered to be sold. My gut is telling me that it's a good idea to own a house as property,...
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First time German Tax declaration, asked about foreign income

I am EU citizen, I was wondering how the German tax system would allow me to get proper refund after I left the country. I went to Germany in middle 2016 and worked there until end March 2018, then ...
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My mother’s brother died in Germany. He had no wife or children. She is the only living sister

I would like to know if she gets half of what he had and then it is split with nieces and nephews? Or is it all the same? He had a document for his house that said the house is to be sold and will ...
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Can anyone give me an idea about investment scenario in Germany and the services I might need to be better equiped to invest?

I am 24 years old and have recently started working as a software developer in Germany. At the moment I have not commitments for family or kids and I believe this is the right moment for me to ...
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Tax in Germany on ETF, government bonds, stocks

I've heard Germany tax rate on ETF capital gains and dividends is Kapitalertragsteuer + Solidaritätszuschlag = 26.375% (assuming you don't want to pay church tax also) Is this tax rate the same on: ...
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How to invest with a low net worth

Ok, I have following set up. I am a trainee in Germany. That means I am someone who is going to school part time and works in the company the other time. So my income is low at the moment. Fortunately ...
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Are distributing ETFs always better than accumulating ones?

I am trying to decide between investing in a distributing ETF or an accumulating ETF and to me the distributing ETF seems clearly to be the better option. Since so many people invest also in ...
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Better way to invest for a short time for a period of one year

I am having a rather confusing financial situation. A the moment, I am having around 1200 euros a month on savings. I have the emergency fund already set up. The only huge debt i have that i need to ...
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Deutschland Einkommenssteuererklärung / Germany income tax return

I recently moved to Germany with my spouse and I started to work in November 2018. We got married before moving to Germany. We have both been assigned tax class IV. In my pay slips of November 2018 ...
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Which banks have cash-deposit machines in Germany?

Which banks in Germany have machines that you can put cash in and it appears on my bank account (opposite of cash withdrawal)? I am not interested in the kinds that you put the cash in the envelope ...
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Old Barn House: Hidden Costs?

Thank you in advance, I never thought about money twice before visiting this site! Background Info: Germany. I am in my mid 20s. My long term boyfriend and I make around 100k a year together. He would ...
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Does the price per share matter for otherwise similar ETFs?

For example looking at IE00B5BMR087 and IE0031442068 (both links in German), they seem to be very similar. Both try to track the S&P 500 in the same ways, the main difference seems to be that one ...
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Receiving stock as a gift in Germany

I’m looking to gift my brother some stock that I currently hold in my name in the US. He lives in Germany, and I’m having trouble finding how that would be treated under German tax law. Would he be ...
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National insurance shortfall after living in Germany

I lived and worked in Germany for 17years, now i have returned to the UK. I have obtained a U1 form to confirm my state contributions to the German system, can this be used to fill the gaps in my ...
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How to cash a US check in Germany?

I am an Berlin based artist and I was going to participate in an event in the US in March. Due Covid-19 the festival got cancelled but the organization sent me a US check from the JP Morgan & ...
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Are there Target Date Funds in Europe/Germany?

The title already says it. To expand on this, I read about target date funds on this site. Essentially, they try to provide bigger gains with bigger risks at the start, and "automatically" become ...
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How do I file an online tax declaration (using ELSTER) for a German Verein that just has some membership fees?

I have to do a tax declaration for a small society (Eingetragener Verein, gemeinnützig) in Germany. We only had some membership fees as income, did not sell anything, and did not get any other money. ...
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Germany: Employee and Entrepreneur at same time (for getting AppStore payments)

Currently (in Ukraine) I am working as Private Entrepreneur. As Private Entrepreneur I can have several bank accounts in USD, UAH, ... So it is not a problem to receive Apple's AppStore payments (in a ...
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FATCA - Streamlined Foreign Offshore Procedures

I’m German and my wife is American with US passport + SSN; she has lived in Germany nearly 30 years and after the kids left the house started work again with a part-time job 5 years ago. Our joint ...
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International Bank Account Only For USD For Student

I am not sure whether I use the right terminology in the heading, since I call the bank account which has only USD "international bank account" because it is not in euros. I need only USD for online ...
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Protect “Riesterrente”-retirement account from downside of liquidation

My mom has a german retirement portfolio called "Riester-Rente". Portfolio is mix of bonds and an international fund (DE0008491051). Long explanation: As part of legal compliance, they need ...
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How should I choose an additional retirement investment plan?

A friend of mine now works as a personal finance advisory with “tecis” and has suggested me to plan for my retirement. I am 25, so I have quite a long time still to invest money for retirement. The ...
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I am considering selling a house that is rented out - what is the best approach?

I own a single-family house in Germany, and consider to sell it. It has been rented out for about ten years, and the tenant gives the impression he wants to stay forever (he does not yet know about my ...
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What does “Listed Only” mean on German financial platforms?

When I'm looking at EFS, Funds and Stocks in the German market I alway see (and always only in English, surrounded by German words) "Listed Only" on all these exchanges. What do they mean? What is ...
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How much do I need to pay as taxes for this investment? How to calculate it?

I am relatively new to both investing and doing your taxes in Germany. I have read many articles, none of which were official documents because I couldn't find them (also I don't know German). But I ...
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Can public scholarship holders in Germany invest in stock market without losing their scholarship?

In Germany, if a person (a German national or not) receives a public scholarship (i.e funded by the government), they cannot earn more than 400Euros addition to the money they are getting from the ...
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KMyMoney: Extract payee from memo field using regular expressions

short version: How does the "Extract payee from memo field" feature in KMyMoney work? You can find it here: KMyMoney > Accounts > Choose account > "Edit Account" > "Online Settings" > "Extract payee ...
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Is using WeltSparen safe?

There is a German website called WeltSparen ("world saving" ("saving" in the sense of saving money, not in the sense of saving something from being harmed (like the world in this case))). It provides ...
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capital gains tax for non-resident trading German stocks

I come from Hong Kong, a non-German citizen living outside the German and trading German stocks through a U.S. internet broker. Should I have to pay capital gains tax to German government on the money ...
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Paying aliments: how to consider debt from divorce itself?

It seems I may be divorced in Germany and I want to get my calculations right. I have a house worth 150k€. I have paid 50k€ before marriage. I have paid 100k€ during marriage. Remaining debt is ...
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What happens to my U.S. Social Security and pension if I retire in Germany?

If I retire in Germany, can I receive my U.S. Social Security and pension there, and will it be taxed?
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What conditions should we fullfill to pay taxes as a family?

I'm thinking about taking a job in Germany, and for the purpose of salary negotiation I'm trying to estimate my net income using this calculator. What complicates matters is that my family won't be ...
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Income Tax Germany-UK - Different tax years

I've recently moved to Germany, how can I incorporate my earnings from the UK into German income tax system when the tax years are different? German tax year (Calender year) UK tax year (April-April) ...
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Why do credit unions in Germany charge a monthly fee (Kreditvereine Kostenloses Girokonto)?

I recently moved to Germany, and I was shocked to discover that almost all of the credit unions (Kreditvereine) and banks here charge a fee just for me to give them my money. Why? Background: I'm from ...