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Christopher Schmidt  Identity Verified
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Jun 10, 2003

I was reading an article in last week's "Die Zeit" and saw mention of the fact that the Gewerbesteuer to be revamped in 2004 could include Freiberufler. Does anyone know what the outlook is? How this might affect translators?

cs


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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Völlig offene Diskussion Jun 10, 2003

Hallo, "cs" - herzlich Willkommen im Forum.
(Das Einstellen von Beiträgen auf Englisch ist kein Problem - ich hoffe, du hast nichts dagegen, dass ich auf Deutsch antworte...)

Ich habe den "Zeit"-Artikel nicht gelesen, aber in der aktuellen Steuerdiskussion ist eigentlich nicht unmöglich - eine seriöse Vorhersage der steuerlichen Situation 2004 ist IMHO nicht möglich.

Gruß Ralf


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Hans G. Liepert  Identity Verified
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Gewerbesteuer revisited Jun 10, 2003

Freiberufler sind bisher schon nur unter bestimmten Umständen von der GewSt befreit. Die Geldnot der Kommunen wird aber dazu beitragen, dass die Steuer auf alle Freiberufler ausgedehnt wird, unabhängig von den bisherigen, lächerlichen Kriterien (zB Übersetzer ohne Uni-Abschluss ist in der Regel GewSt-pflichtig, mit Uni-Abschluss in der Regel nicht). Aber der Moderator hat Recht - man hat schon Pferde kotzen sehen, und das vor der Apotheke.

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RobinB  Identity Verified
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Up for grabs at the moment Jun 14, 2003

The proposal to extend Gewerbe(ertag)steuer to Freiberufler has been made in the context of the Gemeindesteuerreform. The CDU/CSU has pledged to kill it in the Bundesrat, but I wouldn't bet on it...

Most translators (and interpreters) wouldn't be affected anyway, because as part-time (or simply not very profitable) freelances their earnings are below the tax threshold.

However, more successful freelances could be hit quite hard, as well as freelance partnerships (Partnerschaftsgesellschaften), who/which could see an additional up to 12% on their tax burden, especially if they have any employees (Gewerbesteuer is an additional tax on labour).

I'm not sure where Hans gets his idea about some translators being gewerbesteuerpflichtig, and others not: this certainly isn't the case in Germany, where all "Katalogberufe" (incl. T&I) are currently exempt from the tax.

If the tax is imposed, it will probably result in substantial job losses, with an overall negative net tax impact. But ideology seems to triumph over reality here in Germany at the moment...

Robin


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