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In Germany, can I invoice a client for freelance work without having a business registered?

From my experience in Germany as a part-time freelance software developer with a full-time job (also as software developer), there are a few things to observe: First of all check if your employer ...
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Part-time freelancing in Germany

Bit late to the party, but:   freelance only 2-3 hours weekly, you don't have to pay health insurance for that Essentially yes: If you pay compulsory health insurance on your main job, that also ...
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In Germany, can I invoice a client for freelance work without having a business registered?

Generally, for any kind of payment you receive as freelancer, you have to give an invoice. And in order to be able to do that, you need some sort of legal form, either single-person company or a full ...
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If am living in the UK (and a UK citizen) and working for a company in Germany, what taxes do I need to pay?

As a UK Resident, you will be liable for UK tax on all your income, whether it’s from the UK or abroad. https://www.gov.uk/tax-foreign-income/residence However, if you are working as an employee for a ...
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If am living in the UK (and a UK citizen) and working for a company in Germany, what taxes do I need to pay?

I understand where and to whom you pay taxes depend on how and where you're registered as a taxpayer. In my case, I'm a tax-payer resident in the the UK (Mexican nationality). My clients are from the ...
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Can I work in Germany on Study Visa with a non German employer?

If you are not being paid in Germany, not paying German taxes, and it is not affecting your school work, then I think you can. So long as you keep your grades up the German government will not know ...
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Subcontracting freelance work in Germany to non-EU students

As a non-EU student you can work "120 days or 240 half days per year." (source) If you're a German citizen concerned with compliance, consider asking the freelancer to incorporate as a business in ...
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German freelancer working for a UK company, what is needed?

The answer depends on many things... are you working in the UK or Germany? are you working directly for the client or via an agency If you are working via an Agency, then the picture gets very ...
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Customer wants me to not disclose my company to the final customer where I should work on site

In a Danish context, what you describe happens now and then; probably most often when foreign recruiters are involved. I have had one contract that explicitly stated that I had to present myself as ...
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Can I issue this UK client an invoice without their tax number?

You should talk to your tax adviser. If you invoice a client from another EU country, you have to submit a "recapitulative statement" (Zusammenfassende Meldung). For this statement you will need the ...
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Freelancing in Germany: am I a Freiberufler or Gewerbe?

IANAL, but Freiberufler is actually pretty well defined: Most ventures that you need to be uniquely qualified for can be done freiberuflich - Meaning lawyers, engineers, educators; Artists are deemed ...
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Freelancer in Germany, South African client, do I charge VAT?

In Denmark, the answer would be no for all those countries. However, when submitting the quarterly/semi-annual VAT to the authorities, one must also register the amount of non-VAT sales (EU and non-...
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Requirements on invoice for expenses to be able to recover the included VAT

Yes, the Freelancer can buy just the same as a private person, and later decide this is a business-expense. Recipient must be the Freelancer himself though, not a friend etc. The invoice has to ...
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Do I need to register as a freelancer and where?

I don't know specifically for a country, but as far as I know freelancers don't need to register anywhere (might be different for different countries). If I work with a client or a company not located ...
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Non-EU citizen in Germany under student visa - how much work can I take?

In Germany you would need to be at least a self-employee. Go to your local city hall and tell them you want to register a business. The procedure is pretty straight forward - It just takes a couple of ...
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What are "payroll companies"?

They did nothing wrong Here in the States, employees are required to pay taxes, AND there is a mandated employer tax contribution which is "extra" (not included in the base salary). Some employers ...
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Starting as freelance web developer in the summer

As we say over here, "get all your ducks in a row" before you give notice. You said your portfolio only consists of 3 showcases. Perhaps is it only 3 paid examples of your work but you can build more ...
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Contract with agency

You will be charged VAT if the company that is developing your deliverables is VAT registered... (Not all companies are, and they do not have to be under certain conditions). If you are charged VAT, ...
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Freelance categorisation in Germany

I've been a German freelancer for 3.5 years now and this stems from the discussion with my tax consultant (steuerberater) at the time: In Germany, qualifying as a "freiberuflerit" depends on several ...
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Freelancing in Germany for a UK client, should I charge VAT?

Also working (as software developer) for a company in UK for about 10 months now. Taxes are "reverse charged" so you need both tax ids (from you and your client) on your invoice, and they are ...
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Freelancing in Germany as non-EU resident

I am a EU citizen so I am not sure about you situation. For freelancing you need to go to Gewerbeampt and "sign in" (anmelden) as developer. Then go to finanzampt and ask for a steuernummer. If you ...
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