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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 having an abode in Germany. Covered in reasonable detail in this KPMG report (pdf). Tax residence generally implies you have to pay tax to that country on your ...


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From ihk24.de Staatsbürger aus allen EU-Mitgliedstaaten sowie aus Island, Norwegen und Liechtenstein genießen volle Niederlassungsfreiheit in Deutschland ohne Einschränkungen. Dies gilt im Unterschied zur Dienstleistungsfreiheit und zur Arbeitnehmerfreizügigkeit auch für das neue EU-Mitglied Kroatien Free translation: In contrast to the freedom ...


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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. Some types of remote work, for a non-Canadian employer, are possible, as you're then not directly competing in the local job market. If you qualify, there are ...


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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. You will need to be employed by a company in the US which means also that your employer have to sponsor an H1 for you. And if I remember correctly self-...


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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 scenario, you could be taxed several times for the same income. Some countries like the US will also want a bite at the apple as long as you are a citizen, no ...


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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 better consult with tax consultant what is the best option for your case. Also check the following site, which describes various things concerning freelancers ...


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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 means that you will need to do your tax declaration at the end of the year. Not sure if Germany and UK have double taxation avoidance treaty, you need to check ...


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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 degree from a US university, or there's no cap for certain research-affiliated employees like professors or doctors). Unless your employer is exempt from the cap (...


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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 Turnovo, which is an historic town that boasts a relatively young population due to its university and has a sizeable community of expats (most notably British ...


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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 (health insurance, retirement pension, unemployment insurance). If the US company you're working for does not have any legal entity in France, you are in the case of ...


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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-sponsor a 457, meaning you create an Australian company for the primary purpose of hiring yourself, but this is expensive and not risk-free.


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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 residency form (Economic Self-Sufficiency), when you have to show that have 14.000 euros in the bank and a health sec and you can do what you want.


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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 and be deported. You do have the option of filing an application to change your status from skilled migrant to self-employed individual under the new points ...


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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 are: consult with business associates attend a scientific, educational, professional, or business convention or conference attend short-term training (you may ...


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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 from PKV to GKV when you are not 55 Years old you earned the last 5 years each not more than the Versicherungspflichtgrenze (at the moment 48,600.00 EUR) and ...


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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. Since 1999, the new criteria are receiving “directives” (Weisungen) from your client and being “integrated in the organization”. Since you are working remotely, ...


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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 questions to be answered in 35 minutes of which 27 must be correct. There is also an oral Technical Test which lasts 50 minutes. If the candidate is ...


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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 has some tax advantages but it's not allowed for all professions. In both cases, you must however register yourself with the Finanzamt and once you have done ...


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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: TL;DR: In Singapore you keep 99.9%, in San Francisco 56.9%. Full analysis here and the spreadsheet behind it here. Note the lengthy disclaimers up top, the ...


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Yes, you can extend your residence permit. From German Residence Act (Aufenthaltsgesetz) Einem Ausländer kann eine Aufenthaltserlaubnis zur Ausübung einer freiberuflichen Tätigkeit abweichend von Absatz 1 erteilt werden. Eine erforderliche Erlaubnis zur Ausübung des freien Berufes muss erteilt worden oder ihre Erteilung zugesagt sein. Absatz 1 Satz ...


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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 the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital in a bona fide enterprise in the United States Be seeking to enter the United States solely to ...


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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, as did Singapore for conditions. However each still has its downsides, which you can read into more there. Bottom line - even if a place has no tax and you ...


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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 resident on the income made on the Bahamian or Cayman entity that is owned by you.


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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 you explain more what you plan to do as your business model maybe we can give more input.


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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 comes to days per year, ask the company who is making you the offer. The rules are very individual and you should not make the mistake to calculate 220 days x ...


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There is a good answer here. It states: As of 1 April 2017, highly skilled migrants, EU Blue Card holders, foreign students studying in the Netherlands, as well as scientific researchers who are in possession of a valid residence permit will be able to perform self-employed activities next to their main working activities for which ...


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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 Citizenship Canada says about What kind of activities are not considered to be “work”?: long distance (by telephone or internet) work done by a temporary resident ...


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Freelancer is usually self-employed, but please check this question for more details on that.


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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 East coast are reasonable.


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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 need a work visa that allows you to work independently while being in Germany, and you need to inform tax authorities that you intend to work as a Freiberufler....


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