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    #21
    Originally posted by MojoDog View Post
    Well then don't reply and move on to a more interesting post.
    +1.

    Boo

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      #22
      Some interesting feedback. Thank you and apologies for the lack of contribution (and the poor grammar as stek pointed out)

      So, I explored various options -

      1. Facilitate contract direct through my current UK Limited Company. Advice sought from ExpatTax who informed me of no reason why the German tax man would come knocking on condition I don't pay myself a salary & pay dividends only. It was also advised to inform the German officials via ExpatTax of my pending arrival/contract then expect a "Thank you but we are not interested" response letter.

      2. Set up as a Freiberufler. The company introduced a UK based Agent option who currently hold PO's with the company and whom my contract will be with, at no extra cost to me. The Agent provides an all-encompassing service including Accountancy (at an additional monthly cost) who files all the required taxes and VAT on my behalf and setting up bank accounts etc.

      I opted for option 2, as I see huge tax advantages over the UK position. Including profit share and double house keeping ! The Agent also has fantastic reviews and local knowledge of the German system.

      Only concern I have is the Accountant/legal fee per month is circa 520Euro per month which i think is excessive & would like to challenge this with a comparison. Any feedback?

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        #23
        Originally posted by northernladuk View Post
        You read the stickied post 3 above this and tried a search first?
        Maybe he just wanted to make sure we knew his rate

        Originally posted by MojoDog View Post
        What are you, the forum police? What does it matter to you whether he's read a sticky or carried out a full and thorough search beforehand?
        It's a bit like complaining when other people bring their dogs to do their business in a public park - you don't own the park but you don't want to be treading in dog-tulip.
        Originally posted by MaryPoppins
        I'd still not breastfeed a nazi
        Originally posted by vetran
        Urine is quite nourishing

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          #24
          Originally posted by Munich1975 View Post

          Only concern I have is the Accountant/legal fee per month is circa 520Euro per month which i think is excessive & would like to challenge this with a comparison. Any feedback?
          I honestly don't know how much I pay off the top of my head (I'll have to find my last bill from them) but I'm pretty sure its less than half that. I pay yearly though, over 6 grand a year!, and I wouldn't pay that much either. There's an 'understanding' here that your accountant's bill should not be more than the amount they save you on your tax bill...(I got a 72k tax bill one year which they managed to get down to 40k so am quite happy with mine)
          Brexit is having a wee in the middle of the room at a house party because nobody is talking to you, and then complaining about the smell.

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            #25
            Originally posted by d000hg View Post
            Maybe he just wanted to make sure we knew his rate

            Not really mate - its always good to outline the main factors of any contract & conditions so you hopefully receive the correct feedback from people of similar levels and experience!!

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              #26
              Originally posted by MojoDog View Post
              Well then don't reply and move on to a more interesting post.
              +1. Good to hear I'm not the only one who finds the constant trolling about searching throuhg historic posts to be annoying and obnoxious.

              Boo
              Last edited by Boo; 14 May 2014, 17:12.

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                #27
                Originally posted by Boo View Post
                +1. Good to hear I'm not the only one who finds the constant trolling about searching throuhg historic posts to be annoying and obnoxious.

                Boo
                When then take MojoDog's advice and ignore it.
                Originally posted by MaryPoppins
                I'd still not breastfeed a nazi
                Originally posted by vetran
                Urine is quite nourishing

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                  #28
                  Originally posted by Munich1975 View Post
                  Accepted a long term contract out in Munich on a rate of 1080 EUR per day plus 2000 EUR a month accommodation allowance plus flights.

                  Initially, I was intending contracting via my UK limited company for the first 6 months before considering setting up a company in Germany. But, maybe better off setting up Germany company from the start, opening up a bank account etc so i can buy goods, pay rent etc in EUR without the fee's!
                  Check out setting up as a freelancer (freiberufler). It's pretty much the standard way of operating in DE, using a company isn't unheard of but it's a bit of a heavyweight approach. A freiberufler is basically like being self employed in the UK. Bookkeeping and accounts are a lot simpler, and when I was there you could get a three year exemption from social taxes as well. A company employee doesn't get that, and a company may also be liable for trade tax (not 100% sure on this).

                  Open a German bank account for sure. They usually charge a monthly fee but there are generally no fees for paying for stuff or even for transferring money back to the UK or elsewhere in the EU. I went with Hypovereinsbank.

                  Also, maybe i benefit from being VAT registered in Germany (Similar to Flat rate here in UK)
                  You will be better off if you plan to claim the VAT back on any purchases. If you are supplying a UK agency that wil be zero rated, so you'll get money back overall if you reclaim VAT. This can raise the taxmans interest and he might want to investigate (happened to me, accountants took care of all the hassle). You will most likely be compelled to register on that rate anyway due to being over whatever their threshold is.

                  I'm aware of the 182 day and world tax rule, but not sure if I get caught with additional tax working out of Germany or if I set up in Germany am I liable for tax in the uk being uk resident etc.
                  If you're in DE long term you will need to declare, and be liable for tax on, your worldwide income. You will probably also remain UK resident. So the end result is that you fill in two tax returns and have to offset tax paid in one country against tax due in another. It's a bit complicated but your accountants will take care of it.

                  Anyone recommend any German Accountants?
                  expattax.de
                  Last edited by doodab; 15 May 2014, 04:04. Reason: I see you've already taken half the advice I've given :)
                  While you're waiting, read the free novel we sent you. It's a Spanish story about a guy named 'Manual.'

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                    #29
                    Originally posted by doodab View Post
                    Check out setting up as a freelancer (freiberufler). It's pretty much the standard way of operating in DE, using a company isn't unheard of but it's a bit of a heavyweight approach. A freiberufler is basically like being self employed in the UK. Bookkeeping and accounts are a lot simpler, and when I was there you could get a three year exemption from social taxes as well. A company employee doesn't get that, and a company may also be liable for trade tax (not 100% sure on this).

                    Open a German bank account for sure. They usually charge a monthly fee but there are generally no fees for paying for stuff or even for transferring money back to the UK or elsewhere in the EU. I went with Hypovereinsbank.



                    You will be better off if you plan to claim the VAT back on any purchases. If you are supplying a UK agency that wil be zero rated, so you'll get money back overall if you reclaim VAT. This can raise the taxmans interest and he might want to investigate (happened to me, accountants took care of all the hassle). You will most likely be compelled to register on that rate anyway due to being over whatever their threshold is.



                    If you're in DE long term you will need to declare, and be liable for tax on, your worldwide income. You will probably also remain UK resident. So the end result is that you fill in two tax returns and have to offset tax paid in one country against tax due in another. It's a bit complicated but your accountants will take care of it.



                    expattax.de
                    Thanks doodab and Yes taken most of your advice to date - what fee did you pay expattax for Accountancy? I am being quoted 520Euro per month for an all in service Inc VAT returns (which i understand is a bit of work)

                    Two issues that the Accountant advised which look positive since main residence is in UK was the House keeping and the profit share! Basically, he advised which ever is the greater ££'s for rent/mortgage/bills etc i receive the differance as a rebate - anyone benefited from this?

                    Secondly, my wife does not work (doing a great job raising our 4 amazing kids), but was advised there is a 15k euro pa benefit as a share holder (similar to profit share in UK) - she just needs to travel over and register as local resident. However, I was surprised to learn (accountants advice) that she does not have to be residing in Germany for so many day of the years - anyone share similar experience?

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                      #30
                      Originally posted by d000hg View Post
                      When then take MojoDog's advice and ignore it.
                      Nope, I think I will take a more active part and try to change it. But thanks for the carp advice, as usual.

                      Boo

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