Moving to a different country
Thread poster: Hege Jakobsen Lepri

Hege Jakobsen Lepri  Identity Verified
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Aug 28, 2003

.... as the rather improbable thing has happened, and my husband is beeing headhunted to Canada (we're still waiting for the final offer to decide, but I'm trying to get ahead), I'd like to hear other freelancers' experience with moving from one country to another.
I have an Italian VAT registration, an annual volume of work amounting to 20-28000 Euros, and work about 1/3 of my time for different Italian agencies.
What I'm wondering about is wheteher I need to reregister in Canada, or if I can keep working from my European VAT-position.
If I do need to re-register, does anybody have any experience regarding how much work you'll lose by moving?
So, whoever has moved within Europe or intercontinentally: I'm all ears!

[Edited at 2003-08-28 01:57]

[Edited at 2003-08-28 02:56]

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Gillian Searl  Identity Verified
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Me too! Aug 28, 2003

I'm about to move to Germany and would love to know other people'e experiences

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Williamson  Identity Verified
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Websites Aug 28, 2003

Have a look at It is a good start.
The same is true for the link of the German Government. It was mentioned on the German forum. From a fiscal point of view, Germany is less interesting than the UK. Social security contributions are higher. These are the main reasons why a German friend of mine wants to move to the UK and have his 'seat of fortune" there.

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Kathi Stock  Identity Verified
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I moved from Germany to the United States Aug 28, 2003

Actually, there was not much change in regards to my work. I set up my little office at home, got a phone, fax and internet connection and started working.
I still get most jobs via email.
Don't forget to register with local authorities. I contacted the local Chamber of Commerce and they were very helpful. They can tell you all in regards to VAT, licenses and other permissions & regulations. The best of all is - their advise is free of charge
Good luck!

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