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Title: Dealer's paying German taxes on goods sold
Post by: Zelaphas on 28.08.2018, 10:43:29
Hello all,

I was a first time dealer at this year's Eurofurence. Many conventions provide a sheet about your tax obligations with instructions on where to pay after the con is over, or I've been able to google about this and learn what I need to do. I'm having a rough time googling if I owe taxes on what I sold, how much, and how and to whom I can pay them. Would anyone be able to chime in or point me in the right direction?

Thank you in advance,
Title: Re: Dealer's paying German taxes on goods sold
Post by: Alpha_Ki on 28.08.2018, 13:56:58
Since for almost ever dealer and artist work different business taxes we don't make it our business to do the research for every single one of you. In Germany every freelancer and dealer has to do their own taxes at the year after the "tax year" and has to pay what is written under the line to the government.
Eurofurence just provides the tables and the selling space. The business itself is between you and your customer. Maybe it is handled different on a US convention but in Germany we ask politely to do the research yourself. Pages like http://www.zoll.de/EN/Private-individuals/Work/work_node.html do help. Otherwise you can just ask a fellow traveling artist how they handle your taxes if dealing aboard - and if you missed getting a special work notification paper. 

Edit: I found another helpful link: http://www.workpermit.com/
So basically you need a work visa to earn money aboard. Otherwise you just traveled as a tourist - which means selling goods and freelancing for profit is not very legal. :)
Title: Re: Dealer's paying German taxes on goods sold
Post by: Zelaphas on 08.09.2018, 14:04:18
Thanks for those links! I have a better lead on what to search for now.

Also for what it's worth I was not on a tourist visa, at least. ;)