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Claiming Child Expenses in Tax Return


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When Can You Claim Child Expenses in Your Income Tax Return?

By on September 13th, 2018

Children can be included in your income tax return under certain conditions. The German tax law provides some benefits for parents as well as for single parents. The rules are quite complex and many requirements have to be fulfilled to get a tax benefit for your children…

Tax ID Number Dusseldorf


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Where & How to Obtain a Tax ID Number in Düsseldorf

By on August 23rd, 2018

Worried about finding ways to obtain your tax ID number in Düsseldorf? Don’t be! It’s probably the simplest paperwork process you’re going to jump into when first arriving in Germany. It actually requires zero paperwork. 

You do not have to do anything in order to obtain a German tax ID….

Claiming VAT Taxes Germany


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Living Running a Business Taxes Working

The Easiest Way to File Your Monthly VAT Tax as a Freelancer

By on July 5th, 2018

Hey, all you freelancers out there! If you’re not registered as a Kleinunternehmer, then chances are you’re required in Germany, by law, to submit your VAT taxes monthly (or perhaps quarterly or semi-annually by now).

In my case, I am required for the first two years of…

Deductible Employee Expenses Germany


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Living Taxes

What Expenses You Can Deduct as an Employee in Germany!

By on June 14th, 2018

Which expenses are deductible for an employee in the German income tax return?

Business expenses are all expenses an employee has to incur in order to practice a job. In this article, Christian Schmidt (Founder, Tax Advisor and Lawyer at Rechts- und Steuerberatung Schmidt

Tax Guide For American Expats


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The Ultimate Tax Guide for American Expats Living in Germany

By on June 5th, 2018

For many of us expats, filing taxes in Germany is a headache enough. However, if you’re an American expat living in Germany, things get a whole lot more complicated. Americans not only have to file taxes in Germany (like the rest of us), but they will also…

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