Peter Scheller
Berater für Wirtschaftsprüfer, Rechtsanwälte, Steuer- und Unternehmensberater

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The artists’ social security insurance is a special part of the Germany’s social security system. The system applies for self-employed artists and publicists. Publicists in this sense are for example journalists. The system is financed one half through contributions of artists or publicists and by the other half through subsidies from the Federal Government and by companies, institutions, associations, or public organisations who utilize any artistic or written works created by self-employed persons.

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Under certain circumstances it is beneficial for foreign people to become voluntary members in one or more of the schemes. This is mainly the case for shareholders of foreign companies or partners of foreign partnerships who are not employed in Germany and therefore not obligatory members of Germany’s social security system.

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The German social security system in general covers only employments. This means that it is important to determine when a manager of a corporation or a member of a partnership is deemed to be an employee and becomes liable to German social security contributions if this person continues to work for the company.

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The German social security system is incredibly complex and varies fundamentally from systems of other countries. The parts of the system are very fragmented, and the legal structure is complicated. In addition, there are a lot of different players and organizations involved which makes it even harder to keep track with constant changes in legislation and court decisions. Even many Germans find it impossible to understand the system and its details, and for foreigners who relocate to Germany the system can easily become a devious monster. Therefore, we will publish a serious of articles with the aim to bring some light into this darkness.

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Germany’s social security system is complex and varies from the systems of other countries. This complexity makes it very difficult for affected persons and enterprises to follow their legal obligations and determine beneficial solutions. Therefore, there will be a series of articles published on this website explaining the German social security system and special issues that apply for expatriates relocating to Germany.

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There are several important reporting obligations in Germany. Most of them have to be observed by both German citizens and expatriates who relocate to Germany. The obligations apply especially to persons who are shareholders of companies, or members of partnerships who have set up a business activity in Germany. Persons in this respect are considered as both individuals as well as corporations.

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Finding the best way to relocate to Germany is important and seeking early advice will save time, cost and avoid difficulties later.

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Noch immer weiß niemand, ob und wann der Brexit kommen wird. Geht man davon aus, dass er kommen wird, werden sich mit dem Austrittsdatum für Unternehmen einige grundlegenden Änderung im Zoll-, Verbrauchsteuer- und Umsatzsteuerrecht ergeben. Einige Änderungen werden unabhängig davon sein, ob ein Abkommen zwischen Großbritannien und der EU abgeschlossen wird oder nicht. An dieser Stelle wird eine Serie kurzer Artikel folgen, die einzelne Änderungen beleuchten.

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Self-employed people as well as employees may work some of the time or permanently from home. This raises the question of whether and when expenses for a home office are tax deductible in Germany and if so, what kind of expenses are valid.

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Die deutsche Wirtschaft zieht viele Fachkräfte aus dem Ausland an, die für eine gewisse Zeit in Deutschland leben und arbeiten. Diese Fachkräfte sehen sich mit einer Vielzahl steuerlicher und sozialversicherungsrechtlicher Fragen in Deutschland konfrontiert. In der Praxis sind Krankenversicherung und Altersvorsorge wichtige zu klärende Punkte. Im ersten Teil der Untersuchung stehen die sozialversicherungsrechtlichen, im zweiten Teil die steuerlichen Regelungen zur Kranken-und Rentenversicherung während der Tätigkeit in Deutschland im Vordergrund. Die steuerlichen Wirkungen während der Auszahlungsphase von Renten müssen einem weiteren Artikel vorbehalten bleiben. Der Beitrag wurde veröffentlich in der ISR 2018, Seite 178.

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Umzugskosten bei Arbeitnehmerentsendung nicht leichtfertig verschenken

Die Autoren Peter Scheller und Michael Dauer haben in der Zeitschrift Praxis Internationale Steuerberatung (PIStB 11/2017, S. 304) einen Artikel um Thema Umzugskosten bei Arbeitnehmerentsendung nicht leichtfertig verschenken – Teil 1: Werbungskosten veröffentlicht. Der 2. Teil zu den Bereichen Umsatzsteuer und …

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IAPA meeting 2017 in Warsaw

This year’s general meeting of the IAPA International Association of Professional Advisers took place on the 29 and 30 September 2017 in Warsaw. Main topics of this year’s conference were the new EU-regulation on data protection, taxation of expatriates living …

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Expatriates: 10 issues to be considered as a retired person in Germany

In general expatriates relocate to Germany for business or job reasons. However, there is a growing number of expatriates especially from the US and the UK who are moving to Germany when reaching retirement age. The reasons for this move …

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Taxation of spouses in Germany

In Germany resident spouses will be jointly assessed for income tax purposes unless they opt for seperate assessment. Joint assessment decreases the tax burden if one spouse’s income is highrer than that of the other spouse. If a spouse qualifies for …

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Assignment and social security

Employed individuals who work in Germany are subject to Germany’s social security systems. Self-employed persons are in general not liable to German social security contributions. There are certain exceptions from this general rule. The most important exception is the assignment of an employee. The …