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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 covers a side job. This is even true if you freelance besides being househusband while covered by the family insurance. Ask your health insurance about the exact ...


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In Germany, freelancers (Freiberufler) enjoy many freedoms. I am not required to pay for social security, I can freely chose between public and private health insurance, and it is not mandatory to use the services of a bookkeeper. In fact, the only bookkeeping that I need to do is for the department of finance: I keep track of income and expenses, I charge ...


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You should try to find someone with a lot of experience on LinkedIn. People who use freelance websites are usually not looking for a business commitment. That being said it does not mean you cannot find someone on a freelance website. What I would do (I don't know if it's your case) is find someone with a recommendation from someone like an ex coworker, ...


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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 that you work more than 20 hours a week as a freelancer. If they ask, I would state that you work for the company, but stretch the truth that you work no more ...


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You never HAVE to become a freelancer or business. Even if you generate income. As long as you declare the income on your yearly tax statement it's all official (and don't receive any VAT from customers of course). The reason people become freelancers or start a business is because there is less taxation if it is income from employment, freelancing or ...


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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 an employee of the recruiter/consultancy and NOT as a freelancer. Having said that, when an employee of the end client asked whether I was a freelancer, I told ...


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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 VAT number of your client. More information can be found here: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/vies/faq.html#item_9 This will probably not be necessary if ...


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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-EU).


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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 fulfill all requirements of a regular invoice under German law, see here (German) The usual cash register-printout (Kassenzettel) does not suffice, at least not ...


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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 cloudy, as most will not deal with an overseas company. But as you do not mention an agency, I'm assuming this doesn't apply? If you are working directly for the ...


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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 minutes to register your business. After you registered your business you will also get a tax-id from the tax authorities. But: It would be better to talk to ...


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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 to be uniquely qualified across the board, as nobody can really rate art... . Gewerbe is mostly selling not-your-own/plain products, or working in a tradecraft (...


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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 want to freelance outside of Germany ask for a Umsatzsteuernummer also.


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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 try to pay employees off-the-record because the cost of labor is cheaper if they simply avoid paying all taxes. The government has severe penalties against this ...


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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 examples showing off your skills, put it on your own site, it does not need to be a live site or have been a paid job. A portfolio is an example of your skills ...


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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, ensure that you receive a VAT receipt, this will allow you to claim back the VAT if your company is also VAT registered. If you're not VAT registered, you will ...


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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 factors: You need to have an academic degree, i.e. Dipl./Ing. or such. The job you are doing must be in that line and be of consulting or engineering quality. ...


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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 responsible to pay any taxes. Only applies for services! The supply of services between businesses(B2B services) is in principle taxed at the customer's place of ...


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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 the US as you would then have a business to business transaction. Nevada Secretary of State: Form a Nevada or Register a Foreign (Non-Nevada) Limited-...


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