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  • Nov 13, 2020 [EN] Körperschaftsteuer
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    Taxation of Dividends

    Germany provides an extensive network of double taxation agreements to ensure that double taxation in international business can be avoided.

  • Nov 13, 2020
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    Trade Tax

    All commercial business operations are liable to trade tax. Although the trade tax is regulated by federal law, it is a municipal tax, with rates varying at the municipal level.

  • Nov 13, 2020
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    Corporate Income Tax

    All corporations are liable to corporate income tax. This is levied as a flat nationwide rate of 15 percent on the taxable profits of the company.

  • Nov 05, 2020 Entry & Residence
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    EU Nationals

    Generally, citizens of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) may enter, stay, and work in Germany without any visa. They only have to register at the local registration office (Einwohnermeldeamt), e.g., if they change their residence to Germany. Swiss nationals have to notify the local immigration office about their long-term stay in order to get a residence permit certifying their right to free movement.
    For British citizens, Brexit-related-information can be found at the...

  • Oct 12, 2020
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    Foreign Trade and Payments Act

    Germany has an open and welcoming attitude towards foreign direct investment (FDI). The legal framework for FDI in Germany favors the principle of freedom of foreign trade and payment transactions as laid down in the Foreign Trade and Payments Act (Außenwirtschaftsgesetz) and the Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance (Außenwirtschaftsverordnung).
    The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) may however review acquisitions of German domestic companies. In general, the cross-sector...

  • Sep 16, 2020 Coronavirus
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    Germany Extends Successful Coronavirus Short-Time Work Scheme

    Germany plans to extend its Coronavirus Kurzarbeit (“Short-Time Work”) scheme through to the end of 2021 to maintain jobs and lay the way for economic recovery.

  • Jul 16, 2020
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    Components of Social Security Insurance

    In contrast to some other industrialized countries, the core social security in Germany is financed collectively by means of a process of redistribution. The current costs (for pensioners, sick people or those in need of nursing care, and unemployed people) are paid directly from contributions by employees and employers.
    Social security contributions are made up of:
    Health insurance
    Nursing care insurance
    Pension insurance
    Unemployment insurance
    Accident insurance
    Generally speaking, social security...

  • Jul 09, 2020
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    R&D Tax Credits

    Companies with tax status in Germany and performing R&D activities are eligible for a tax credit of up to EUR 500,000 annually.

  • Jul 01, 2020
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