charging 4% social security tax in germany
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larat  Identity Verified
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Jun 25, 2007

Hi everyone,
can anyone help me explain in english to a german client what the Italian "4% rivalsa inps" is and why he should pay it?
I've been trying 4 times but end up writing long explanations that don't sound too convincing (accounting is really not my field!). Thanks in advance for any help!
Lara


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Natalia Elo  Identity Verified
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Don't understand either Jun 25, 2007

Hi Lara,

I also don't understand why your client should pay anything else apart from your remuneration and VAT if it is applicable.

I think each of us is taking care herself/himself of social system contributions. If you have to pay it yourself, you should include it in your price.

Best regards,
Natalia


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larat  Identity Verified
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Hi Natalia! Jun 25, 2007

I don't know if I'm good at explaining this but in Italy the law gives freelance & professionals the opportunity to charge 4% of the net amount as a contribution to the payment of social security taxes. It's the law! If I know beforehand the client will not be paying me this 4% I will charge it directly on the rate. Hope I've given a clear explanation!

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Margreet Logmans  Identity Verified
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In Italy, yes - other countries, no Jun 25, 2007

As far as I know, these sort of rules do not apply internationally. In Italy, to Italian clients, they may apply, but not to German clients in German. You can't expect the German economy to contribute to the Italian social security system. Also, 'to be given the opportunity' is not the same as 'must'. I can't imagine it is obligatory for you to charge these.

Anyway, I advise you to raise your rates by 4% for all work you do for people outside Italy. That should save you a lot of trouble.

My two cents!

Best,
Margreet


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Angie Garbarino  Identity Verified
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Yes it is not mandatory Jun 25, 2007

Margreet Logmans wrote:

As far as I know, these sort of rules do not apply internationally. In Italy, to Italian clients, they may apply, but not to German clients in German. You can't expect the German economy to contribute to the Italian social security system. Also, 'to be given the opportunity' is not the same as 'must'. I can't imagine it is obligatory for you to charge these.

Anyway, I advise you to raise your rates by 4% for all work you do for people outside Italy. That should save you a lot of trouble.

My two cents!

Best,
Margreet


And it should not be applied internationally, just in Italy to Italian clients


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larat  Identity Verified
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Thanks! Jun 26, 2007

Thanks everyone for answering!

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