starting my job in Germany
Thread poster: Monica Cecere
Monica Cecere  Identity Verified
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Nov 30, 2005

Dear Collegues,

I was working as a translator in US but now I was relocated in Germany. Can you tell me what I have to do in order to start my freelance business here? I mean taxwise, probably I need a social security number or so and other things. Maybe you can tell me what office I should contact to have this information.

Thanks to everyone

Monica Cecere

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Gillian Searl  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 18:48
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German to English
Here are a few things ... Nov 30, 2005

1) You have to register with your local tax office "Finanzamt" as a freelancer (freiberuflich - not self-employed= selbstständig)
2) You have to get a VAT number (VAT in Germany= MWST - can't remember how I did that but I am sure it is in the German forum)
3) You have to register your address with the local town hall (anmelden). Everyone has to do that.
4) I strongly recommend you find a local tax advisor/accountant, preferably by referral from a satisfied customer. You have to pay for their service but it's worth every penny, or rather euro cent. I just ring up mine or go visit him and say, "I have to do this, how do I do it?", e.g. get health insurance, buy a flat, employee someone. He tells me the answers and sometimes does it on my behalf.
5) And of course open a bank account. They will want the proof that you registered with the town hall and that your immigration status is ok.

Hope that helps.

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RobinB  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:48
German to English
First question Nov 30, 2005

What's your nationality?

This is rather important...


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