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How to withdraw cash from a credit card if the cash advance limit has been reached

I have a German bank account and a Visa credit card attached to it, but left Germany some time ago and live in a non-European country. Last Monday a bank officer from the German bank called me on my ...
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Is there protection against typos or wrong use of online stock trade systems for private persons

This is more a question out of interest, not for a specific case. If there are regional differences regarding the answer, I am more interested in Central Europe (Germany) than elsewhere. I have not ...
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Nationwide FlexOne internationally

I am planning a trip to Berlin, and I have seen that my debit card has no transaction fees or cash fees for foreign currency, so it is charged at VISA's exchange rate. Are there any costs I'm missing, ...
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Gifting money to non-relative (Germany to UK)

I am considering helping out someone I know with living expenses in the UK (so it would be gifting money from Germany to UK). This person is not a part of my family. One thing I have to consider is, &...
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“Guesstimating” the value of a property

Country is Germany, in case that’s even relevant. Some fifteen years ago my parents bought a property together with one of my brothers (referred to as “brother A” further down) and his wife (so each ...
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When both husband and wife can have tax class 3

As I understand, both husband and wife can have tax class 3. In which case it makes sense? class III = married and the spouse has no income or lower income What is the meaning of lower income... how ...
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What is the best way for doing taxes in Germany as an expat?

I working and living in Germany the past 2 years. Recently I heard colleagues discussing about tax returns, something I have never had to worry about before in my life. Obviously, I have to do my tax ...
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In Germany, Tax class changed to 3 but I am still getting as tax class 1

In Germany, Tax class changed to 3 two month back but I am still getting salary as tax class 1. How much transition time generally take for class transaction to reflect my monthly salary.
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Chinese account, live in Europe - rather get paid in RMB or EUR?

I'm currently living in Germany, but have a Chinese employer. I've got an account in both countries (ICBC in China and Sparkasse in Germany), and get my salary paid in RMB to my Chinese account, and ...
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How is income tax residency determined for person staying in multiple jurisdictions in a year

Suppose I stayed in multiple countries in a year for significant durations ( say 3 months each in 4 nations) and further assume that double taxation avoidance treaties are in place so how does one ...
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When to declare a yearly bonus in Germany

I have been working for most of the past year in Germany as an EU national in a medium sized IT company, last January I was paid a yearly bonus in brutto corresponding to the previous fiscal year. I ...
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Capital gains tax on profits from stock market in Germany

I was wondering whether there are any tax provisions on capital gains from stock trading in Germany dependent how long the stocks are held. can anyone please help me with that information ? Thank you.
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Does Schufa know how much you use your credit cards?

I read that if you use your credit cards, you build credit. I also read that if you get credit cards, your creditworthiness suffers. Both of these seem to make sense. Doing the former means that you ...
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Investment Grade ETFs and their costs

If I was about to buy some LU0508799334, hold them for a while (ideally about 20 or 30 years) and then sell them again, could that be problematic? Its KIID specifies that the costs of buying or ...
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Do consumption loans affect my credit score positively or negatively?

I want to build some credit in case I ever need a loan for something. I have never had any debt except for my credit card that I now have for about a year. But I only used it for a single purchase in ...
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Is it a good idea to buy a garden property/allotment? [closed]

If I have the capital to buy a garden property (“Freizeitgrundstück/Schrebergarten“), would it be a good idea financial wise? Are garden properties a stable form of investment? What things do I have ...
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Wrong tax class

A few weeks ago I moved from Brazil to Germany to work for a IT company. I went to the Bürgerbüro to register my residence. The employee who did my paperwork asked if I was married. I am married to a ...
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Depositing cash to German Deutsche Bank account in Spain

I am going to stay in Spain and will receive some cash compensation during my stay. Since I already have Deutsche Bank and Norisbank account in Germany, I am hoping to deposit the cash to one of these ...
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How can a retail investor short the German car industry and its suppliers?

Suppose that I want to make a small investment of around 1000€ and that I want to short the German car industry and its suppliers over the long term (5-15 years). How would you do this?
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Where is the liquidity on European derivatives exchanges

This has bugged me for a long time, and I feel like I am missing some information. When I browse Eurex, a derivatives exchange in Europe, I don't see the kinds of liquidity I would expect. For ...
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My government hasn't paid me a sum they should have paid a year ago. How much interest should I demand?

So, my government owes me a sum of about 350 USD that should have been paid exactly one year ago. I call them every week, and they always tell me that they need more time. Apparently they will pay me ...
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Suggestion for my ETF portfolio to invest in Germany?

Below are my 3 ETFs to invest in Germany via Trade Republic as I will need to pay tax here (first 800 Euro is tax exemption). This is my first time ever to invest in stocks and I will hold it for 5+ ...
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Investing in Germany

I am an international student and I have an interest in stock markets.I work part time at McDonalds so my tax class is 1. If I were to start another job then I would have to keep one of my income to ...
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Which type of organization should I choose to register in Germany to minify taxes for a non-profit software products

I'm (being a resident of Germany) going to introduce a software foundation - keep in mind though that I'm using term "software foundation" in a non-legal sense; and actually the goal of this ...
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Can I keep a German Bank account as non-resident

Last year (2019) I(non-european) did an exchange in Aachen, Germany (for 1 year) and had to open a bank account in Germany. I left it open on purpose when I left (around October) because I had an ...
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Where is the fiscal resident of international students receiving scholarship

I am a citizen of Turkey, and I am studying in Germany while receiving a scholarship from the German government. Where is my fiscal residence?, i.e where is my tax-residency? Edit: I have no other ...
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How safe are those online brokers and what to look for?

I am relatively new to the investment world. I know enough about economics & finance and I have bought & sold government bonds through my bank before. I am moving to a new country (Germany) ...
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Online Shop won't deliver - What's my best choice of action? Inkasso or PayPal?

I ordered something online (~150€) from a shop that had ~30k mostly. positive reviews online. (After the fact I realized that all reviews from the last few weeks were horribly negative, though.) I ...
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Which is the correct source for the correct German Lohnsteuer deduction?

Coming from here, I have now the following data and must say I'm quite puzzled. Which value is correct now? #1 Given the reference data from a German software company specializing on tax software. ...
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Does one pay tax for “Betrag der ausschüttungsgleichen Erträge” of an accumulating ETF in Germany?

There are some accumulating ETFs which may create taxable events. Previously they were considered "tax-ugly", because it was possible to double-pay some tax. After tax reform in 2018 there is a tax-...
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How much can owning part of a liquidated company affects my credit score?

As part of my employee compensation when I started working for a small startup, I got 5% of the shares. The company didn't make it and the founder wrote me to tell me that he's going to liquidate it, ...
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Gifting money from Canada to Germany

I have two nieces in Germany and would like to gift some money to them before I die. Will they have to pay tax on the money ? Can I just send them a bank draft in Euros ?
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Moving from India to Europe - Bank accounts and Mutual funds

I would like to get information on Bank accounts and Indian tax procedures related to working from Germany. I am from India and will be moving to Germany in two weeks. I have some mutual fund ...
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IRS “non-resident alien” status vs. tax treaty definition of “residence”

A J-1 scholar is considered a "non-resident alien" for the first two years (Example 4). I wonder how that interacts with the definition of "residence" in a tax treaty, for instance, the one with ...
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Non-EU student, living in Germany, working for a Swiss company - taxes?

I'm non-EU citizen, but from Europe, now studying in Germany on Master program (so I'm a student, have an Erasmus stipendium, and have 1-year national visa that allows to work 120 full or 240 half ...
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Can I find the duration of a SEPA “Lastschrift” permit I signed?

If you need the background, you can read my other question. But I'm interested in answers to this one independently of the situation described there. I allowed somebody to perform "Lastschrift" (...
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Investment partition for German student

Currently I am a student and planning to finish in about 6 month. At the moment I have a monthly income between 1000 EUR and 2000 EUR and are saving about 70% of it. I have savings of about 52k EUR ...
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How can one short German bonds?

Does anybody know what is the best way to short German bonds?
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Chances of losing money in a foreign bank account

I am working in Singapore. I am going to move to Germany. So I am not sure if I should close my bank account. Is there any chance of losing money in the account (i.e. the bank confiscates it citing ...
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Income tax return for 2013 in Germany - how to?

I am going to give my income tax return (Einkommensteuererklärung) in Germany for the first time. I don't want to pay that crazy money for a tax consultant just to tell me whether I have filled it in ...
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Apply US-Germany tax treaty to W-2 income?

I am a PhD student in the US, originally from Germany and here on a F-1 visa. Mid last year, my status changed from being on a fellowship to being on a research assistantship. Hence, I got a 1042-S ...
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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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how does the taxation works if contract is from Spain and you are working in Germany

I am a resident in Germany and will have a contract from Spain. My work location will still be in Germany. Which country should I pay my taxes? How can this be arranged by payroll?
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Will I pay tax in Germany on money sent to me by my friend who lives in the US?

A friend wants to send me money as a gift to help me with a few of my plans, my friend lives in the US, and I live in Germany (Berlin). Will I have to pay any tax on this money? Do I need to declare ...
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How can a Mutual Fund that is not an ETF be traded on an exchange?

Have a look at https://www.onvista.de/fonds/DJE-Zins-Dividende-PA-EUR-Fonds-LU0553164731. It is the information page for a regular fund ("mutual fund"), not an ETF. Nevertheless, it has a ...
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Will I pay tax on selling the stock purchase plan I was granted by my employer in Germany?

Let's say an employer offers an stock purchase plan of 100EUR contribution from NET monthly salary of the employee across a quarter, that will be 300EUR total. Now let's say the employee at the end of ...
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Tax residency for Indian student in Germany and US

I am a citizen of India and I studied in Germany for three years (Sep 2017 to Aug 2020) before moving immediately to the US in Aug 2020 to start a doctorate program. Is my country of tax residency ...
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Buying Vanguard Total World Stock ETF in Germany via Flatex

I would like to invest in ETFs via an online broker in Germany (I use Flatex). I would like to buy an ETF tracking the MSCI World Index. The two main options I am considering are Vanguard Total World ...
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Want to buy an american stock (Tesla) but I'm in Germany, which exchange should I go through for the best tax treatment?

I am a resident of Germany. Should I buy stocks on the Nasdaq or the German electronic exchange Xetra from a tax point of view?
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How is Deutsche Bank's vermögung service ROBIN?

I have been searching for different possibilities to invest in the markets for long term holding and trading. I do not intend to do leverage based trading and working with leveraged ETF's is not in my ...