Guide to the German Authorities

Developing a Website Arbeitsagentur/Jobcenter (Employment Agency/Job Center) General tasks The employment agencies and job centers are there to find work for people. They also pay out Arbeitslosengeld (unemployment benefits). The employment agencies are responsible for Arbeitslosengeld I (ALG I). People who receive Arbeitslosengeld II (ALG II) go to the job centers.   When do you […]

Tax Number and Registration at the Tax Office

Do I need a visa to start your business? The answer to this question generally can be divided into three parts: German or EU/EFTA citizens Third countries without a visa requirement Third countries with a visa requirement   German or EU/EFTA citizens If you have a German or EU/EFTA citizenship you’re lucky. You have full […]

Legal forms in Germany

Legal forms in Germany A legal form creates the legal framework for entrepreneurial activity. The choice of legal form influences tax and accounting obligations, liability or the external appearance including the company name. Furthermore, the type of legal form determines the formalities involved in setting up a company, as well as the way in which […]

Defining your gainful employment

Do I need a visa to start your business? The answer to this question generally can be divided into three parts: German or EU/EFTA citizens Third countries without a visa requirement Third countries with a visa requirement   German or EU/EFTA citizens If you have a German or EU/EFTA citizenship you’re lucky. You have full […]

How to Register a Business in Germany

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How to Register your Business in Germany – To officially register your company in Germany, you have to go to the „Gewerbeamt“ (thats the german trade office) and get a „Gewerbeschein“ (thats the trade license). In other words this trade license is the permission to run your business. If you’re a „Freiberufler“ (a freelancer), you don’t have to go to the „Gewerbeamt“ (the trade office), […]

How to Register your Address in Germany

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Registering your Address in Germany – The first official step, if you have not already done so and are already in Germany, is to register your address („Anmeldung“). If you have been in Germany for some time, you will have already done some or most of the things described here. However, make sure you don’t […]

How to Register with the German tax office (Finanzamt)

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How to Register with the German tax office (Finanzamt) – If you have successfully registered with your trade office, the tax office („Finanzamt“) will contact you to register your business for tax purposes. If this does not happen, simply contact your tax office. You will then receive an unfortunately long and complicated form which, in addition […]