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Tag based on the location - a country called *Germany*, middle Europe.

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Freelancer in Germany, South African client, do I charge VAT?

I am working as a freelance software developer in Germany, and I need to know if I should be charging a South African client VAT or not. I have found out the answer for Germany, other EU states, USA ...
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Requirements on invoice for expenses to be able to recover the included VAT

A German freelancer needs to buy work equipment (computer, printer, paper, etc.) in Germany, and wants to recover the VAT (Mehrwertsteuer/Umsatzsteuer) that is included in the price. Is it sufficient ...
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What are “payroll companies”?

I just got off the phone with an English recruiting agency, discussing a job in Germany. They said that payment will be done through a "payroll company", which will pay my taxes. Apparently, this is ...
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Starting as freelance web developer in the summer

I am considering becoming a freelance software developer later this year. However, I am not sure when would be the best time to start. The earliest I can start would be in June, but I am worried that ...
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Customer wants me to not disclose my company to the final customer where I should work on site

This question is close to Must the customer mention the existence of my own company to the final customer? but with a big difference: The customer wants me to work onsite at the final customer. Long ...
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Can I issue this UK client an invoice without their tax number?

A UK client needs to pay approx 113 EUR for my services. I am registered as a freelancer here in Germany, is it ok to issue an invoice without any sort of tax ID number,apparently they do not even ...
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Contract with agency

I'm a client and a digital agency (in the UK, I'm in Germany) will do some graphic designs for me. Which kind of contract is usually used for this? Who makes it? Which laws do apply for payment, ...
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Freelance categorisation in Germany

I'm going to visit Berlin Pankow Finanzamt to apply for Tax ID as a Freelancer, so at the moment I'm filling the form "Fragebogen zur steuerlichen Erfassung". There are two important lines asking for ...
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Freelancing in Germany for a UK client, should I charge VAT?

I want to start freelancing in Germany, and my first client is a UK based company. What confuses me is that I don't know if I should charge VAT or not. Since it's my start, I had no freelance income ...
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Subcontracting freelance work in Germany to non-EU students

In Germany, if you are a non-EU student, you are not allowed a paid job, and so it's not possible for a non-EU student to freelance in Germany. However, as a student you are allowed to work certain ...
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German freelancer working for a UK company, what is needed?

I'm living in Germany and registered as a Freiberufler and working (directly) for a couple of companies in here. Now I got an offer for a contract with a UK based company, do I need any extra ...
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Freelancing in Germany as non-EU resident

I am non-EU resident doing a paid internship (Praktikum) in software engineering in Germany. I have received an offer from an outside company to work on a project for some hours on my spare time. Thus,...
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freelancing/remote work for German speaking countries

What's the best way to find German speaking customers that would require me to use German language proficiency? Any opinions and suggestions are appreciated!
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Part-time freelancing in Germany

I am considering to work as a freelancing engineer additionally to my full-time employment, maybe even reduce the full-time employment and work more as freelancer. With my education I qualify as a ...
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Finding partners for development startup (preferable Germany)

I am in a difficult situation currently. I am an experienced C++/Qt plus Embedded C/C++ developer. Together with a good friend I planned to open some development service business here in Germany. We ...
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Can I work in Germany on Study Visa with a non German employer?

I have this freelance job by a company which is not registered in Germany and I am going to Germany on study visa. Study visa allows me to work 20 hours/week. My company will wire money to my home ...
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In Germany do I need to file as a business in-order to receive ad revenue?

I run a website as a hobby. I have to pay for hosting, I don’t earn anything with it. I want to include advertisements/affiliate links, so it’s likely that I will earn some money with this website. (...
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Approximate cost of bookkeeping for contractor in Western Europe?

I'm considering contracting in Western Europe, with the most probable target - Germany or Switzerland. I'm making cost analysis, so I'd like to know what is the approximate/average cost of bookkeeping ...