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Tax Residency under FATCA and CRS

I am an Indian citizen and a PR holder in Germany. I am opening a depot account in Germany and there is a question about Tax residency. I would like to know if I am a resident for tax purposes only in ...
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How much is my signing bonus after taxation in Berlin Germany?

an employer is offering 3K EUR as signing bonus, I was told that it's taxable, so I want to calculate how much tax do I have to pay and how much will be the 3K after all tax deductions? I live in ...
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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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Did the German tax for share based fund drop by 30% since 2018?

In Germany is a new rule for taxing share based funds since 2018. As far as I understand it, the following rules are now in place: One has to tax pay for fond distributions. One used to pay tax for ...
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Capital gain tax on stocks for nonresident alien under USA-German tax treaty

I am trying to understand the tax treaty between USA and Germany but this is a pain. I am in the USA on a student visa and considered to be a nonresident alien for tax purposes. I had some gain from ...
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Amex personal savings

I opened Amex personal savings when I lived in U.S. with U.S visa. But now I moved to Germany due to my job and no longer live in U.S. For TAX reason, Do I need to send W-8 BEN form to Amex national ...
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Germany tax class residence permit valid anmeldung

I was in Germany last year for more than six months and I have a valid RP as well. Now, I am planning to move back to Germany for just 2 months for a work assignment under Short-term WP. Now my ...
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Money Transfer with wrong IBAN

i made a send payment from 5 days ago and now I was surprised that i forgot one number from IBAN and IBAN is incorrect,does that mean money still in my country? i know that the Bank will receive ...
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Sell or lease my property when moving from UK to Germany (tax question)

I own a flat in the UK (outright, no mortgage), and I am planning to move to Germany (preferably Berlin, if that makes a difference). Given my limited knowledge of the area and of German laws, my ...
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As a US Green Card holder, California resident and German citizen, is investing in European investment funds permitted?

I am a resident of California and a citizen of Germany (green card holder). Is it permitted for me to have money invested in European investment funds? I was told that I'm only allowed to invest in ...
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How to save taxes on revenue from Admob ads?

I'm a mobile developer currently living in Germany. My revenue is generated by online ads of Google/Admob. Since Google is based in Ireland, the revenue/service/value are also generated in Ireland. ...
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Steuer klasse change when my wife working in other country in EU

Does somebody know how I can change my "Steuerklasse" from 1 to 3 in case my wife works in another country in EU ( Bulgaria). Our daughter leaves also in Bulgaria. She works for a French international ...
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How to declare foreign benefits in German tax refund?

I did an internship in Germany last year and now I am trying to fill the tax refund papers with the Elster online tool. I received the summary of paid taxes etc. from the company and my German income ...
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Stock symbol list for German Xetra stocks on Google Finance or Yahoo Finance

I would like to have a list of the stock symbols of companies listed on Germany's Xetra exchange that can be used on Google Finance or Yahoo Finance. Where can one download this list?
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Small capital investment in Germany [closed]

Since from next year I'm planning to take a peek at the brick market in order to buy a house (I'm going to ask a loan - therefore I need a capital to begin with) here in Germany where I live, I'd like ...
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Tax-free dividends because of double payment?

I have just received a dividend of 0.11 $, from which 15% withholding tax was deducted. On the same day I received a dividend of 3,40$ from the same company, but without paying withholding tax. (for 3 ...
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Can money work that hard for you?

Yesterday I was thinking about this: Assume you have around 600.000€, and get around 10% to 25% annual return on a fairly aggressive fund investment. Now assume that each year you take out 80.000€ ...
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Must I to pay a 2% commission if I invest in a mutual fund via an online broker?

If I invest in mutual funds via one of the online brokers; such as Interactive Brokers, Fidelity, Vanguard, etc.; do I need to pay a 2% commission to the exchange in which the shares are bought? If so,...
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Put option - exercise when it expires but don't have enough money to buy stocks to sell

Ok, so here is my plan. I wanted to buy put options which will sell Tesla stock at Strike price 900 Euro in June, 2021. The price for an option is 2.3 Euro and I will buy 1000 options (total cost to ...
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German taxes while working in two different countries in 1 year

So in 2019 I spent 6 months working in Germany, moved out, and then spent 6 months working in Thailand (completely different companies). My family lives in Germany long-term, I have most of my stuff ...
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Taxes on shares

I am wondering about an aspect of taxes on shares. What exactly is taxed? How is the fee of my bank factored in? (Is it at all?). I am asking specifically for the German take on this, but I assume ...
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Personal finance web service with account syncing in Germany

I haven't found a single site for personal finance management that does bank syncing in Germany. Some that for example do Barclays, restrict to US or UK accounts. Is there any law in Germany ...
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Better to declare travel costs as income-related expenses or get money back from employer?

I live and work in Germany. For the next six months I am going to work at a temporary external activity ("beruflich veranlasste Auswärtstätigkeit"). German tax laws offer the possibility to reduce ...
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Does freedom to provide services allow me contracting in Germany without paying taxes there (but in my home EU country)?

The freedom to provide services is one of the fundamental rules of European Union. However, when considering contracting in Germany, I was informed I can't do that with my Polish single-person ...
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When does the tax occur when selling ETF in Germany?

For example, I'm living in Germany and want to buy ETFs from Ing bank. If I buy an ETF for 10 Euro, then later I sell it for 15 Euro (but didn't withdraw the money out of the bank). At that time, does ...
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How to calculate Income Tax in Germany?

In order to calculate my net salary I am using this calculator and it works pretty well: I have the exact same numbers on my payslips. I am able to calculate every tax by myself starting from my ...
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When can I file for a German Tax Refund?

My fiancé and me are planning to get married before the end of this year. I'm Egyptian and he is German. Can we do the tax refund before the end of this year or we hv to wait till next may? Can we do ...
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Does Germany has a Tax law similar to Like-kind exchange ( section 1031 of IRS in US)?

I am 24 year old software developer living in Germany. I am an expat here and I am about to receive my permanent residence (Niederlassungserlaubnis) in a year. I am very interested in investments ...
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Ownership of unlisted foreign corporation

I am a naturalized US citizen born in the UK, living in America. Can I buy stock in a privately held German company which is not listed on any stock exchange?
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Identifying the field for Lohnermäßigung/Steuerfreibetrag in the official German tax deduction spec

In Germany, you can get kind of discount on your tax if you are paying for a Kindergarten. This is called in general Lohnsteuerermäßigung and gives you a Steuerfreibeitrag (there are obviously also ...
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Investing in German stocks as a USA citizen

I currently invest in a German company through an ADR, but have been informed that the ADR is being shutdown. I am thinking about investing directly on the German stock market. What fees, taxes, etc....
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Can I get a full-time job in Germany but ask the German company to sign contract with my own corporate in Canada instead of myself?

I found a full-time job and I am moving to Germany. I've established a corporate in Canada and did some consultant job through it. Is it possible for the Germany company to sign the contract with my ...
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Customs for shipment from USA to Germany

I would like to participate in a giveaway a certain US-based company is doing right now. They are randomly selecting two recipients for a high-end (about USD 1200 in value) consumer-grade electronics ...
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What could someone malicious do with these three piece of information regarding my bank account?

The three pieces of information are: bank account number, my mobile phone number used for online banking and my address associated with my bank account. I am in Germany.
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Would a husband's tax rise if the wife is employed? [closed]

Would I pay more tax if my wife is employed? I would be grateful for any advice?
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working temporarily in UK but living in Germany. How my UK income is taxed in Germany?

I plan to work like 1 week/month in UK (self-employed) and live in Germany, do I have to pay taxes in Germany as well? if so, how much? Let's say I am in the UK tax bracket below 32K GBP gross, ...
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Private pension ensurance - Split over multiple contracts?

What are the pros and cons of running several pension ensurances beside each other, instead of putting all the money into one ensurance? Model all in one: Contract A 2016 -> 100€/month Contract A ...
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How to decide to leave money invested in Brazil or transfer immediately to my home country?

I have sold a property in Brazil this year with the purpose to buy a house in my home country (Germany). However, until I got all the documents ready to transfer the money to germany, I have lost ...
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Bank account in Germany for non-EU-residents?

I am a Brazilian student with a German PhD contract scheduled to start on April 1st, but due to the COVID pandemic which is significantly bad in Brazil, the local German consulate cancelled all visa ...
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Can you legally keep topping up a pre-paid card with a credit card on a monthly basis to borrow money while earning points?

Having 2 credit cards, one of which is pre-paid, can someone keep topping up the pre-paid card with the other on a monthly basis therefore earning points? I am asking because in this way you can ...
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Waiting for a refund that was approved 4 months ago. Company stalling and not getting back to me. Can I charge them interest on the sum they owe me?

As the title says, I booked a ticket with an airline (Condor Air) August, 2019. On December, 2019, I was granted a refund because their parent company went bankrupt and the airline stopped operating ...
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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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Get written statement from landlord for a mold that could happen because of his decision over phone?

In my apartment I closed up the ventilation in my bathroom with baking paper. The reason is since it is summer many insects like hornets, wasps and even centipedes started coming from that ventilation ...
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What happens with a credit card account in Germany after the card is blocked/closed?

I have an everyday account in a bank in Germany and a Visa credit card account in the same bank. At the end of each month the negative credit card balance is automatically balanced by an automated ...
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Tax relaxation for Indians in Germany

I have recently employed in Germany for one year. I am from India. Is there any tax relaxation for Indians in Germany? I am married.
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Property alienation under German Tax Treaty

I am a U.S. citizen living in Germany and would like to sell some movable property at a higher price than I bought it for. I held it for longer than a year, so I am not subject to German taxation. U.S....
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What is “SEPA-Direct Debit Bulk Core”?

I just noticed that on my German bank account, I received around 15€. Under the transaction description, it only says SEPA-Direct Debit Bulk Core. Normally, the transaction descriptions for interest ...
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Taking a small loan to improve Credit Score

Younger me made some horrible financial mistakes. Now as the idea of a house loan is not a far distance fantasy anymore, I think about how to improve the score. I already read several sources to ...
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With respect to taxation, multi-asset ETFs such as %75 bonds + %25 equity are better compared to a %100 bond ETFs?

In here, it is claimed that Less than 100% of gains may be taxed. There is a partial exemption (i.e. Teilfreistellung), which causes only part of the gains (e.g., 70%) to be taxed. This exemption ...
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Taxation question: German Citizen enrolled in Swiss University working remotely from Berlin as RA

I would be super happy to learn how I would be taxed given my circumstances. I will be starting a Research Assistant job at my university in Geneva, Switzerland. Starting in January, I will move back ...