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Best practices for bringing cash from US to Germany [closed]

I'm going to relocate to Germany, Munich and basically wonder what is the best option - to buy some euro (~4-5 thousands) here, in San-Francisco or should just take some amount of cash in dollars buy ...
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Index funds vs 3 funds financial products for long-term investment / retirement

Some company is trying to sell me financial products where there are 3 funds: Apologies that it's in German. Rough translations: Left one: This fund secures the selected guarantee. Center one: This ...
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Understanding German state health insurance terms Mindestbeitrag for self-employed

According to this site, they operate with the following terms around a minimal monthly insurance fee: Beitragssatz - Mindestbeitrag EUR 1038.33 Krankenversicherung - 163,02 What is now the mandatory ...
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Loan & building a house in Germany (Bavaria)

I would like to ask what are conditions when you want to build a house in Germany. Is it necessary to have your own savings before you ask the bank for a loan or you can ask for 100 % loan.
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ACH data for Deutsche Bank, Germany?

For an international ACH transfer as part of the e-gold claims process, I need to specify in an online form: Financial Institution Name Financial Institution Address Financial Institution City ...
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Cash payment in used car dealership

I plan to purchase in a used car dealership without financing. In order to be prepared to buy on the spot what money transfer options are common place? If all possible I prefer a method which leaves a ...
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What are the fees for selling ETFs from a savings plan in Germany?

When I create a savings plan for ETFs in Germany at a german bank, I collect securities, ETFs in this context, over time. After the end of my savings plan's duration, I do not exactly understand what ...
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Tracking S&P in Germany

I would like to buy stocks that track the S&P500 in Germany (German citizen - I live and pay taxes in Germany). If I was in the US, I would probably go for an ETF like VOO (Vanguard S&P 500 ...
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sell flat or rent it out as student

I started to study away from home, at the moment I live in my own flat and get everyday by car or train to the university. Its very time consuming as i need about 4 hours everyday only to get there ...
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Germany Tax Question - Non-Resident and not employed in Germany

I'm planning to open a personal bank account in Germany very soon and I need this clarified before I do that. Some info: I don't have German Citizenship I do not live in Germany and I don't plan on ...
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How/Where to open account for buying ETFs in Germany for beginners?

I'm from 3rd world country in Asia and have been living in Germany for a year and I want to invest some money (few thousands Europe as total and few hundred per month) to what called ETFs (exchange ...
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Filed taxes for 2016, 2017, then 2018. Now got the confirmation for 2018, is that order fishy?

I helped somebody else file their German taxes. We could go back until tax year 2016 and I know that you have to file them in chronological order. Therefore we sent off 2016, then 2017 and after that ...
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Investment strategies for an 17/18 year old

Background: I am 17 years old, finishing school and turning 18 in 3/4 years. I'm planning on going to college/university directly after school. I have a private Giro with ~1000€ (0.2% interest) and a ...
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How do I avoid excessive fees when I get paid in CHF and need EUR?

I live in Germany and will soon receive monthly payments in CHF. How can I best transfer this money to my local bank account (EUR)? My local bank charges 20 € per conversion and uses an unfavorable ...
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What are risks / expenses to buy a house in Germany?

I think about buying a house in Germany (Frankfurt). How can I learn full list of expenses I should pay next at least ~15 years? My friend scares me that there are always hidden problems like central ...
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Long-term stock investment spanning multiple generations

Is there any financial product that would allow someone to invest a sum X (once or maybe add funds periodically) in a single stock, an ETF or similar for a minimum period of time, say 100 years? I'm ...
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Is it possible to refund semester fees via income tax return in Germany?

Colleagues at work mentioned that semester fees for the Master studies can be declared for the tax return as for the position that we have at work, having a Master degree is mandatory. Can someone ...
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Does date of sending or receiving money count for tax?

I am to receive a sign on bonus. In 2018 I earned not much money but in 2019 I will, because of the new job. My employer agreed to send the money on signing in 2018 as this makes quite a difference in ...
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What tax class in Germany I will belong to?

I received an offer from Germany. However, my husband is working in France. Both of us are immigrants with temporary residence permit. We don't have kids. In this case, what is my tax class in ...
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Retirement fund and Riester options for university teacher

For several months now I've tried to get my financial life in order, however, I'm failing to find a solution for my retirement fund. I am in my early 30s and working half-time at a university here in ...
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Is getting Schufa entries you don't recognize deleted always advantageous?

I recently obtained my credit score information from Schufa. I chose the free option ("Datenkopie"). The oldest entry is this one (blanked out by me): I don't remember ever having done business with ...
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NRI, German tax resident having foreign income

I am working in Germany in an it company last 3 years and paying tax as normal. Now I am getting some earnings as website advertisement and it is coming from US/UK through paypal account and credited ...
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What taxes should a Middleman pays?

I have the opportunity to become a middleman (i am new to the "sport"),in parallel with my current job! I live currently in Germany and i am able to buy goods in bulk from another country (in EU), ...
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Cash Deposit to Other Person's account Sparkasse Germany

I want to make a payment to a Sparkasse account in Germany. I am currently in Germany but do not have a bank account. Can I make this cash deposit directly from one of the Sparkasse branches?
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How do I work out the tax effect of a company car in Germany?

I'm getting a bit confused by the various literature I am reading about German Taxes on driving a company car. I know its 1% of the vehicles list price per month. Is this treated as extra monthly ...
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EU Start investing for longterm with partner who joins saving in a few years

First off, this question is related to this one. But in general, the answers are depending on the US-Situation. I would like to ask you the same question but specified on the Situation in the ...
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Where do I owe taxes while I am contracting overseas to Germany?

I am currently a student in the US, but I am originally from Japan. An IT company from Germany contacted me for a web application project and they told me they are going to send me the money to my ...
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Can I pay taxes in Spain while working in Germany?

I'm actually working in Germany for just 2 months (July and August), and I would like to know if it is possible to pay the taxes in my country (Spain). The advantage of it is that in Spain the taxes ...
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Bringing life savings from KSA to Germany

I recently moved to Germany and my partner is planning to join me in a couple of months. We used to work in KSA and have a sum of money greater than 10 000 euros saved up from our work back in KSA. I ...
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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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Buying a car as a freelancer - Business costs

I am a freelance software developer, and I am thinking of buying a car, which I would probably use every now and then for personal matters, but mostly for business related trips. What are the ...
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How is the average salary calculated for time spend outside Germany

I spent the last few years working and paying taxes in the US with salary X. I then moved to Germany where I get salary Y. This is also the first time I pay taxes in Germany. Within one year of the ...
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Understanding how the german tax system works [duplicate]

I hope that you can help me understand how the German tax system works. I recently found a job in Berlin with a yearly gross salary of 68000. I am married (we are both Spanish) but my husband is ...
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Why invest in managed mutual funds? [duplicate]

As I can see it, nearly no managed mutual funds beat the index over more than 5/10 years. They don't only have to beat the index, they also must get the fees back to outperform the index fund. So why ...
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Taxation for remote workers, if the company and the residency are in different countries

If a contractor or employees works 75%-100% percent remote for a company in a country A and has his residency in a country B - what is the job-related taxation? I know that this is too general to ...
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Is it acceptable to always have the same end price regardless of applicable VAT?

I want to offer a VAT-applicable item in a German e-shop and I want its end price for customers to always be the same, regardless of applicable VAT. So if I'm e.g. selling from Germany and shipping ...
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What are the requirements to set up a Deutsche Bank account?

I'm 17 and would like to move to Germany when I graduate high school in the US to study there. I will be visiting friends in Berlin this Christmas to scout out universities and possible living ...
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Taxes when year split between Switzerland and Germany

Last year I worked in Switzerland (L permit) from January until the end of July, and then worked in Germany for the remainder of the year. I am now resident in Germany and an EU Blue Card holder. I ...
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Paying taxes as foreigner for working as freelancer for US company

I am a german citizen and live in Germany, and want to work as a freelance-translator for a company called "gengo" , that seems to be registered in the US (quoting from the website: "a Delaware ...
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Tax return if worked partially in the UK and partially in Germany

I have worked from Jan to July 2015 in the UK and from Oct. to Dec. 2015 in Germany. I'm not sure if it makes sense for me to submit a tax return claim. (The tax year in the UK runs from April to ...
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My girlfriend is going to be a public servant. Is it worth to marry now?

My girlfriend and I, have been together for 4 years now. I'm pretty sure she is the one. I'm thinking about asking her to marry me, but don't know if I should do it now, or later. I surely will ask ...
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Germany: Declaring taxes for large number of short-term trades

Assume I am using an automated system to buy and sell stocks or other regulated financial assets (bitcoins, ...) multiple times a day, each time making a small win or loss. Additionally, I am doing so ...
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Can one be non-resident alien in the US without being a resident anywhere else?

My question is as above: Can one be non-resident alien in the US without being a resident anywhere else? Let's assume the following simplified case: a former resident of Germany visits the US for a ...
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Why do we pay taxes on something that we can later deduct from taxes?

I live in Germany and have been asking myself this for quite some time. When I hire and pay a craftsman in Germany, I pay taxes. These taxes are paid by the craftsman to the state. At the end of the ...
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How do locals in Germany finance their lifestyle seemingly above their salary levels? [closed]

I am foreigner in Germany, and I have noticed that my neighbours seemed to have no problems financing very expensive lifestyle, which I doubt can be afforded by salary alone. My question is: Is there ...
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Realize losses and gains at convenient time

Suppose I am long-term invested in some stocks or etfs. Consider the following two situations: 1) stock market is high, my personal income from work is low. Is it a good idea to sell (part of) my ...
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How long does a money transfer from Göttingen, Germany to India take, and how can I find what the hold-up is?

I have transferred Money from my friends account to my Indian account as i was not having my own account at göttingen, Germany. It has been more than 20 days but I have not received the amount in my ...
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Can a country that I live & pay taxes learn & know that I also pay taxes in another country?

I am a Turkish national, pay taxes in Turkey, but also if live & work & pay taxes in a Germany, can the German government know & learn that I also pay taxes to Turkey?
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How much does a financial advisor charge in NRW, Germany?

I am 24 yrs old, software engineer working in Germany. I was able to save major chunk of my earnings and i am interested in investing the savings. I am interested in Real estate along with certain ETF'...
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Do negative bond yields pay out public debt?

I noticed that german bonds offer negative yields, as you can see in this table.My question is, considering Germany is returning less money than received, does that mean the sovereign debt is ...