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Where can I be tax resident when I don't stay in any EU-country longer that 6 months a year?

There's a lot more to tax residence in most countries than a simple time limit. For Germany, for example, there are other specific triggers, other than the 6 consective month rule. One would be ...
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If I'm from another EU country, what do I need to do to permanently live and freelance in Germany?

From ihk24.de Staatsbürger aus allen EU-Mitgliedstaaten sowie aus Island, Norwegen und Liechtenstein genießen volle Niederlassungsfreiheit in Deutschland ohne Einschränkungen. Dies gilt im ...
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Freelancing in Canada without work permit

Canada (like most countries) doesn't generally allow "working in Canada" for visitors (tourists). In other words, you're not allowed to work in the local job market, whether temporary or permanent. ...
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Working as contractor in USA as foreign citizen (EU)

Having a company registered in the US doesn't allow you to be present in the US to do work. The most common visa that computer specialists get is H1B but with that you can't really be a freelancer. ...
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Where can I be tax resident when I don't stay in any EU-country longer that 6 months a year?

Each country where you are working, contracting or residing might try to tax some or all of your income based on the local rules and those are not fully unified even in the European Union. Worse case ...
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If I'm from another EU country, what do I need to do to permanently live and freelance in Germany?

Yes, as a permanent resident you should be able to register your own company. There are various legal forms, and sometimes it's not clear what is the best choice for conducting a business. You should ...
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I am a freelance web developer with all clients in UK but looking to move with family to Germany

I'm not an expert, but will try to answer you some questions here. As soon as you register your residence in Germany (which you are legally required to do) you becomes liable to German taxation. That ...
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Advice needed from Central or South America based freelancing expat

If you want to stay in the EU, you could try Bulgaria, income tax is flat at 10 percent, the cost of living is relatively low too, even in the capital. I'd personally recommend a place like Veliko ...
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Am I eligible for any USA work visas?

There is. It is called "H1b" visa. These visas are limited and there are only 65000 of them available a year (with some exceptions, for example additional 20000 available if you have an advanced ...
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U.S. citizen living in France w/ French work permit - is it illegal to keep working for U.S. company?

First point is that if you work in France, you are supposed to be affiliated to French “social protection” system. That entails paying income-dependent mandatory contributions but also benefits (...
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Working as contractor in Australia as foreign citizen (EU)

It's not that simple. To legally work in Australia, you must have a work visa, and the most common work visa (457) requires a qualified Australian company to sponsor you. It's possible to self-...
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Contract work for US company based in Germany

Your understanding more-or-less matches what I know about the rules (and there are similar rules in other European countries), although I believe that the threshold is not part of the law anymore. ...
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Can I take the theory exam in English for driving license in Portugal?

According to this site, the exam is in Portuguese but you can get assistance from an interpreter. Here is an excerpt and the emphasis is mine: The theory test for a Category B licence contains 30 ...
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Self-employed in Germany - private vs. regular insurance

You should take in account that one other major difference is, the GKV will pay the bills directly. In the PKV you have to pay the bill and collect the money back from the PKV. You can only get back ...
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Advice needed from Central or South America based freelancing expat

Having done an analysis of this a while back, investigating what happens in various countries if a freelancer (incorporated as a company) earns $100k, I'd pip for Singapore. This chart says it all: ...
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Combining freelance work with Kennismigrant work permit in Netherlands

According to Christian Barth, Esq.: No it is not legal for to be self-employed if you have a residence permit as a skilled migrant. It violates the conditions of your permit. You can lose your permit ...
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Can you travel to the US on a ESTA to negotiate future work or collaborate as a freelancer?

Entering the U.S. on VWP for business, you can only do business in the U.S. You're not allowed to do any work, even if the work is billed by your employer at home. Activities allowed under the VWP ...
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Advice needed from Central or South America based freelancing expat

Go to the Caymans. They have the Cayman Enterprise City with a Campus made for freelancers as you: http://www.caymanenterprisecity.com/ Or if you want to stay in the EU, consider Malta. They have a ...
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Advice needed from Central or South America based freelancing expat

Forbes actually has an article about a study conducted by HSBC about where it's best to be a freelancer/expat worker. Essentially when you factor in no tax, and conditions, Dubai did pretty darn well,...
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Am I (software developer) a freelancer or self-employed in Germany?

Based on what I read on the subject (I have no first-hand experience with this), Freiberuf is one type of Selbständigkeit, the other being Gewerbe. Being a Freiberufler involves less bureaucracy and ...
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Advice needed from Central or South America based freelancing expat

Off the top of my head Bahamas and Cayman Islands come to mind. The only question that you have to check is whether you will still need to file and pay taxes in the EU country where you are a ...
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If I'm from another EU country, what do I need to do to permanently live and freelance in Germany?

Best talk to an tax expert, as Informatiker you could meet the criteria for becoming a "Freiberufler". This has several legal and tax benefits, but requires fulfillment of very strict conditions. If ...
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Combining freelance work with Kennismigrant work permit in Netherlands

There is a good answer here, on the official website of IND. As of 1 April 2017, highly skilled migrants, EU Blue Card holders, foreign students studying in the Netherlands, as well as scientific ...
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Working as contractor in USA as foreign citizen (EU)

There is E-2 Treaty Investors visa. Requirements are: Be a national of a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation Have invested, or be actively in ...
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Germany: Extending residence permit (Aufenthaltstitel) after becoming self-employed

Yes, you can extend your residence permit. From German Residence Act (Aufenthaltsgesetz) Einem Ausländer kann eine Aufenthaltserlaubnis zur Ausübung einer freiberuflichen Tätigkeit abweichend von ...
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Freelance Net "Salary" vs Permanent Employee Net Salary - a Tough Decision

It is not always possible to compare these two options 1:1, but you would work it out like this: 600 x days per years obviously makes your gross income I assume it's 600 not including VAT. When it ...
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Advice needed from Central or South America based freelancing expat

You could try Panama. The time difference is zero (in winter). The weather is consistently 30C. You are not taxed on money earned outside the country. US Dollars are normal currency. Flights to the US ...
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Visa application - what working status can be used for a freelancer?

Freelancer is usually self-employed, but please check this question for more details on that.
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Freelancing in Canada without work permit

If you are freelancing remotely to a company outside of Canada while employed by a company in the EU then you are definitely not working in Canada. Here's what the Immigration, Refugees and ...
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Am I (software developer) a freelancer or self-employed in Germany?

If you didn't register as Freiberufler or Selbständige at Finanzamt, you are none. Legally you are Schwarzarbeiter (illegal worker), at least as far as Germany is concerned. For both of them, you will ...
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