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Register as self-employed

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The religion you are registered with and pay church tax to. If you are not paying church tax, select "nicht kirchensteuerpflichtig".

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Have you recently moved from another German city in the last 12 months?

This information helps the Finanzamt to correctly match your tax records.




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On the basis of this information, the Finanzamt decides whether you are classified as a Freiberufler or a Gewerbetreibender and what taxes you have to pay. Please find more information here.

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Do you have an office address?



Have you operated a Gewerbe, worked as a self-employed professional or held shares in a company (of at least 1%) in the last 5 years?

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As a German you receive the Steueridentifikationsnummer at birth. As an expat you receive it when you first register in Germany. It is NOT your Steuernummer. If in doubt you can find more information here.

Your tax number / Steuernummer
Do you or your spouse already have a tax number / Steuernummer?

I want to use the simplified profit determination method for self-employed

The Einnahmenüberschussrechnung (EÜR) or single entry bookkeeping is the simplified and most common method for self employed professionals. Your taxes are calculated based on the income and expenses you declare.

We currently only support single entry bookkeeping. Contact us if you want to use another method and/or if you are making over €600.000 in revenue or €60.000 in profit.

Expected revenue from self-employment
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Please provide an estimate of your revenues from self-employment (without salaries, rental income, interest etc.)

Please provide an estimate of your revenues from self-employment (without salaries, rental income, interest etc.)

Do you want to charge VAT as a small business owner / Kleinunternehmer?

If your yearly revenue is below €22.000, you are eligible for the small business owner / Kleinunternehmer regime and can decide whether you want to charge VAT. You can find more information on the pros and cons here.

According to your estimated revenue of € for your first year, your estimated monthly revenue is € . Your projected annual revenue for a full working year is €. As this is above the threshold for the small business owner (Kleinunternehmer) regulation, you will need to charge VAT from your customers

Request VAT number - only needed for charging clients that are in the EU but outside Germany

If you are not planning to invoice customers in other EU countries (not including Germany) you can use your Steuernummer for German clients. You can find more information on the european VAT number here.


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The expected profit and deduction amounts are the basis for calculating the quarterly income tax and trade tax prepayments.
Please, select at least one source of profit.
Expected profit from self-employment
Are you expecting profit from self-employment (Freiberufler)?

Estimate the profit you will be making as best as you can. Profit is the amount you are expecting to earn after deducting work related expenses (e.g. Tools, transportation, software, training, etc...).

Are you expecting profit from commercial operations (Gewerbetreibender)?

Estimate the profit you will be making as best as you can. Profit is the amount you are expecting to earn after deducting work related expenses (e.g. Tools, transportation, software, training, etc...).

Other source of income & profit
Expected income from salary (Nichtselbständiger Arbeit)

If you receive a salary, please enter your gross annual salary for the entire year, before any tax and social insurance deductions.

Are you expecting profit from investments (Kapitalvermögen)?

Profit from stock market, bonds or interests (Not rental income)

Are you expecting Einkommen from rental and leasing (Vermietung und Verpachtung)?

Profit from letting and leasing properties, for example renting out an apartment

Are you expecting Einkommen from other sources (Sonstigen Einkünften)?

e.g. receiving a pension

Do you have income from agriculture and forestry (Land und Forstwirtschaft)?

Currently we don’t support the automatic sign up for tax IDs if you have income from agriculture and forestry. Contact us if it was the case.

I hereby confirm that I am not expecting profit from agriculture and forestry (Land und Forstwirtschaft).

Do you want to estimate your costs to lower your tax prepayments?

You can try to estimate your costs based on your last income tax return. Choose ‘No’ if you are not sure - This might increase your income tax prepayments, but you can deduct those expenses at the end of the year and you are on the safe side.

Expected amount of private special expenses (Sonderausgaben)

Private insurances, pension savings, donations, etc... Should not include normal business expenses like office supplies and tools.

Expected tax deductions (Steuerabzugsbeträge)

You can try to estimate based on your last income tax return under “Steuerabzugsbeträge”.


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One of these categories has to be filled:
Freiberufler
Gewerbtreibende
Vermietung und Verpachtung

Business bank account
Do you want to share your business bank account to ELSTER (optional)?

Private bank account
Do you want to share your private bank account to ELSTER (optional)?

Used by the Finanzamt for tax refunds. Your details won't be shared with anyone but the Finanzamt.



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The guidance provided within this form is without liability and does not replace a tax consultant. To get an accurate answer for your specific case, please consult with a certified tax consultant.