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E-Commerce

Can I start a business out of my home?

Viele Selbständige starten erst einmal von zu Hause aus. Informieren Sie in diesem Fall Ihre*n Vermieter*in.

Erkundigen Sie sich auch beim Amt für Wohnen und Migration, ob Sie Ihre Wohnung für gewerbliche Zwecke überhaupt nutzen dürfen und ob Sie dafür eine Genehmigung brauchen. Wenn weniger als 50 Prozent der Wohnfläche beispielsweise als Büro (ohne Parteienverkehr!) genutzt wird und der restliche Wohnraum ansonsten regulär bewohnt wird, liegt keine Zweckentfremdung von Wohnraum vor. In manchen Fällen kann ein häusliches Arbeitszimmer auch steuerlich geltend gemacht werden – fragen Sie eine Steuerberaterin oder einen Steuerberater!

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First steps

Start-ups from abroad // How to open a branch office in Munich
  • Do you have a start-up and are you planning to settle in Munich?
  • Do you live abroad and are planning to open a business in Munich?

Finding the right contact person

Point of Single Contact (PSC) of the City of Munich

The Point of Single Contact for corporate services covers a broad spectrum. Frequently asked questions include forms of opening a office in Munich, licenses from the Immigration Authority or specific requirements to exercise a profession. PSC will guide and advise you through the local administration. Consulting services are offered in German and English and are free of charge. Visit the PSC website
Tel. +49 89 233-22070 | E-Mail: psc@muenchen.de

CCI - Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Munich and Upper Bavaria (IHK für München und Oberbayern)

Invest in Bavaria - the Business Promotion Agency of the State of Bavaria

Invest in Bavaria supports companies from Germany and abroad and from a wide range of sectors. From location search to getting access to relevant partners and networks for your business. Their cross cultural teams provide you with all the important information, valuable contacts and customized support for your expansion project. The “Ois Easy” – a programme for start-ups from abroad is specifically designed for start-ups from abroad who want to open a new branch or a new office in Germany and establish themselves on the German market in the long term. Visit the website and find your contact person here

Germany Trade and Invest - Investment Guide to Germany

Germany Trade & Invest is the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. With more than 50 offices in Germany and abroad, and its network of partners throughout the world, GTAI supports German companies setting up in foreign markets, promotes Germany as a business location and assists foreign companies setting up in Germany. For initial information on entry regulations, company set up, corporation taxation, employees and social security and incentive programs  please see the GTAI "Investment Guide to Germany".

Need help to find a tax adviser or lawyer?

We have listed several options to help you with your search.

Do you you own a valid residence permit for the purpose of self-employed activity in Germany?

More information on the residence permit is available here

 

Can I start a business out of my home?

Viele Selbständige starten erst einmal von zu Hause aus. Informieren Sie in diesem Fall Ihre*n Vermieter*in.

Erkundigen Sie sich auch beim Amt für Wohnen und Migration, ob Sie Ihre Wohnung für gewerbliche Zwecke überhaupt nutzen dürfen und ob Sie dafür eine Genehmigung brauchen. Wenn weniger als 50 Prozent der Wohnfläche beispielsweise als Büro (ohne Parteienverkehr!) genutzt wird und der restliche Wohnraum ansonsten regulär bewohnt wird, liegt keine Zweckentfremdung von Wohnraum vor. In manchen Fällen kann ein häusliches Arbeitszimmer auch steuerlich geltend gemacht werden – fragen Sie eine Steuerberaterin oder einen Steuerberater!

--> Hier die Übersetzung aus dem Punkt: Anforderungen an die Räumlichkeiten einfügen von dieser Seite: https://gruenden-muenchen.de/wp-admin/post.php?post=2172&action=edit&lang=en

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Industries

Can I start a business out of my home?

Viele Selbständige starten erst einmal von zu Hause aus. Informieren Sie in diesem Fall Ihre*n Vermieter*in.

Erkundigen Sie sich auch beim Amt für Wohnen und Migration, ob Sie Ihre Wohnung für gewerbliche Zwecke überhaupt nutzen dürfen und ob Sie dafür eine Genehmigung brauchen. Wenn weniger als 50 Prozent der Wohnfläche beispielsweise als Büro (ohne Parteienverkehr!) genutzt wird und der restliche Wohnraum ansonsten regulär bewohnt wird, liegt keine Zweckentfremdung von Wohnraum vor. In manchen Fällen kann ein häusliches Arbeitszimmer auch steuerlich geltend gemacht werden – fragen Sie eine Steuerberaterin oder einen Steuerberater!

--> Hier die Übersetzung aus dem Punkt: Anforderungen an die Räumlichkeiten einfügen von dieser Seite: https://gruenden-muenchen.de/wp-admin/post.php?post=2172&action=edit&lang=en

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International topics

Start-ups from abroad // How to open a branch office in Munich
  • Do you have a start-up and are you planning to settle in Munich?
  • Do you live abroad and are planning to open a business in Munich?

Finding the right contact person

Point of Single Contact (PSC) of the City of Munich

The Point of Single Contact for corporate services covers a broad spectrum. Frequently asked questions include forms of opening a office in Munich, licenses from the Immigration Authority or specific requirements to exercise a profession. PSC will guide and advise you through the local administration. Consulting services are offered in German and English and are free of charge. Visit the PSC website
Tel. +49 89 233-22070 | E-Mail: psc@muenchen.de

CCI - Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Munich and Upper Bavaria (IHK für München und Oberbayern)

Invest in Bavaria - the Business Promotion Agency of the State of Bavaria

Invest in Bavaria supports companies from Germany and abroad and from a wide range of sectors. From location search to getting access to relevant partners and networks for your business. Their cross cultural teams provide you with all the important information, valuable contacts and customized support for your expansion project. The “Ois Easy” – a programme for start-ups from abroad is specifically designed for start-ups from abroad who want to open a new branch or a new office in Germany and establish themselves on the German market in the long term. Visit the website and find your contact person here

Germany Trade and Invest - Investment Guide to Germany

Germany Trade & Invest is the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. With more than 50 offices in Germany and abroad, and its network of partners throughout the world, GTAI supports German companies setting up in foreign markets, promotes Germany as a business location and assists foreign companies setting up in Germany. For initial information on entry regulations, company set up, corporation taxation, employees and social security and incentive programs  please see the GTAI "Investment Guide to Germany".

Need help to find a tax adviser or lawyer?

We have listed several options to help you with your search.

Do you you own a valid residence permit for the purpose of self-employed activity in Germany?

More information on the residence permit is available here

 

Planning

Can I start a business out of my home?

Viele Selbständige starten erst einmal von zu Hause aus. Informieren Sie in diesem Fall Ihre*n Vermieter*in.

Erkundigen Sie sich auch beim Amt für Wohnen und Migration, ob Sie Ihre Wohnung für gewerbliche Zwecke überhaupt nutzen dürfen und ob Sie dafür eine Genehmigung brauchen. Wenn weniger als 50 Prozent der Wohnfläche beispielsweise als Büro (ohne Parteienverkehr!) genutzt wird und der restliche Wohnraum ansonsten regulär bewohnt wird, liegt keine Zweckentfremdung von Wohnraum vor. In manchen Fällen kann ein häusliches Arbeitszimmer auch steuerlich geltend gemacht werden – fragen Sie eine Steuerberaterin oder einen Steuerberater!

--> Hier die Übersetzung aus dem Punkt: Anforderungen an die Räumlichkeiten einfügen von dieser Seite: https://gruenden-muenchen.de/wp-admin/post.php?post=2172&action=edit&lang=en

--> Link zu einem englischen Video des SozR zu Zweckentfremdung unten bei Linkbox eingefügt

Registration

How do I register my business?

Before you launch your new business, you are required to register it with the Trade Office [Gewerbeamt] and the Tax Office [Finanzamt].

Step 1: Register your business with the Trade Office [Gewerbeamt]

Register your business with the city where your future business will be headquartered. In Munich, turn to the Department of Public Order [Kreisverwaltungsreferat (KVR)]. Submit the business registration form [Gewerbeanmeldung] which is available in German language only. Use our guidance sheet to to help you complete the form correctly. Depending on the legal structure of your business, the registration costs between EUR 50 to 60. The Trade Office will issue a confirmation [Gewerbeschein] of your business registration

Business registration form in German [Gewerbeanmeldung] (pdf, 145 KB)

Fill-in help in English (pdf, 142 KB)

You must present your ID card or passport to the Trade Office. Nationals from a non-EU country who are already living in Munich are advised to verify if their residence permit includes a permit for self-employment. Depending on the type of your business you may need further permits as listed on the website of the Munich Trade Office.
www.muenchen.de

Tel.: 089 233-96030

 

Schedule an appointment with the Trade Office to submit your business registration in person :
Kreisverwaltungsreferat (KVR), Hauptabteilung III, Gewerbeangelegenheiten und Verbraucherschutz, Gewerbemeldungen
Implerstraße 11, 81371 München
online booking tool

Submit your business registration by post or by email:
Kreisverwaltungsreferat (KVR), Hauptabteilung III, Gewerbeangelegenheiten und Verbraucherschutz, Gewerbemeldungen
Ruppertstr. 19, 80466 München
Email: gewerbemeldung.kvr@muenchen.de

 

Step 2: Register your business with the Tax Office [Finanzamt]

Regardless of the legal form of your newly commenced entrepreneurial activity, you are obliged to inform the tax office responsible for you within one month of opening the business or commencing the activity. In general, the tax office responsible for you is determined by where the activity is expected to be carried out predominantly. In Munich turn to the Munich Tax Office [ Finanzamt München]. They require all information on the legal and factual circumstances relevant for taxation. Depending on the legal form of your business, this information is to be provided on the relevant "tax registration questionnaire" [Fragebogen für die steuerliche Erfassung]. The questionnaire is available in German language only via "Mein ELSTER",  the financial administration portal. A one-time registration for "Mein ELSTER" is required before you can access the questionnaire. Please be careful when completing this form,  mistakes may have important consequences. If you have questions, consult your tax advisor. Please understand that for legal reasons we are not allowed to provide individual tax advice. Once you have submitted the questionnaire to the tax office you will be assigned a tax number which you will need in order to write invoices.

Munich Tax Office: information on tax registration in English language (PDF, 153 KB)

ELSTER Portal: information in easy German language

Munich Tax Office: tax registration questionnaires (German language)

Munich Tax Office: contact persons for new businesses (German language)

Munich Tax Office: information on taxes for new businesses (German language)

ELSTER Portal: guidance for the tax registration questionnaire (German language)

 

 

Further steps

Please check if you are required to inform other authorities such as the social insurance system, if you need any permits and which laws and regulations apply to your future business.

 

Specific Issues

Start-ups from abroad // How to open a branch office in Munich
  • Do you have a start-up and are you planning to settle in Munich?
  • Do you live abroad and are planning to open a business in Munich?

Finding the right contact person

Point of Single Contact (PSC) of the City of Munich

The Point of Single Contact for corporate services covers a broad spectrum. Frequently asked questions include forms of opening a office in Munich, licenses from the Immigration Authority or specific requirements to exercise a profession. PSC will guide and advise you through the local administration. Consulting services are offered in German and English and are free of charge. Visit the PSC website
Tel. +49 89 233-22070 | E-Mail: psc@muenchen.de

CCI - Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Munich and Upper Bavaria (IHK für München und Oberbayern)

Invest in Bavaria - the Business Promotion Agency of the State of Bavaria

Invest in Bavaria supports companies from Germany and abroad and from a wide range of sectors. From location search to getting access to relevant partners and networks for your business. Their cross cultural teams provide you with all the important information, valuable contacts and customized support for your expansion project. The “Ois Easy” – a programme for start-ups from abroad is specifically designed for start-ups from abroad who want to open a new branch or a new office in Germany and establish themselves on the German market in the long term. Visit the website and find your contact person here

Germany Trade and Invest - Investment Guide to Germany

Germany Trade & Invest is the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. With more than 50 offices in Germany and abroad, and its network of partners throughout the world, GTAI supports German companies setting up in foreign markets, promotes Germany as a business location and assists foreign companies setting up in Germany. For initial information on entry regulations, company set up, corporation taxation, employees and social security and incentive programs  please see the GTAI "Investment Guide to Germany".

Need help to find a tax adviser or lawyer?

We have listed several options to help you with your search.

Do you you own a valid residence permit for the purpose of self-employed activity in Germany?

More information on the residence permit is available here

 

Starting up

How do I register my business?

Before you launch your new business, you are required to register it with the Trade Office [Gewerbeamt] and the Tax Office [Finanzamt].

Step 1: Register your business with the Trade Office [Gewerbeamt]

Register your business with the city where your future business will be headquartered. In Munich, turn to the Department of Public Order [Kreisverwaltungsreferat (KVR)]. Submit the business registration form [Gewerbeanmeldung] which is available in German language only. Use our guidance sheet to to help you complete the form correctly. Depending on the legal structure of your business, the registration costs between EUR 50 to 60. The Trade Office will issue a confirmation [Gewerbeschein] of your business registration

Business registration form in German [Gewerbeanmeldung] (pdf, 145 KB)

Fill-in help in English (pdf, 142 KB)

You must present your ID card or passport to the Trade Office. Nationals from a non-EU country who are already living in Munich are advised to verify if their residence permit includes a permit for self-employment. Depending on the type of your business you may need further permits as listed on the website of the Munich Trade Office.
www.muenchen.de

Tel.: 089 233-96030

 

Schedule an appointment with the Trade Office to submit your business registration in person :
Kreisverwaltungsreferat (KVR), Hauptabteilung III, Gewerbeangelegenheiten und Verbraucherschutz, Gewerbemeldungen
Implerstraße 11, 81371 München
online booking tool

Submit your business registration by post or by email:
Kreisverwaltungsreferat (KVR), Hauptabteilung III, Gewerbeangelegenheiten und Verbraucherschutz, Gewerbemeldungen
Ruppertstr. 19, 80466 München
Email: gewerbemeldung.kvr@muenchen.de

 

Step 2: Register your business with the Tax Office [Finanzamt]

Regardless of the legal form of your newly commenced entrepreneurial activity, you are obliged to inform the tax office responsible for you within one month of opening the business or commencing the activity. In general, the tax office responsible for you is determined by where the activity is expected to be carried out predominantly. In Munich turn to the Munich Tax Office [ Finanzamt München]. They require all information on the legal and factual circumstances relevant for taxation. Depending on the legal form of your business, this information is to be provided on the relevant "tax registration questionnaire" [Fragebogen für die steuerliche Erfassung]. The questionnaire is available in German language only via "Mein ELSTER",  the financial administration portal. A one-time registration for "Mein ELSTER" is required before you can access the questionnaire. Please be careful when completing this form,  mistakes may have important consequences. If you have questions, consult your tax advisor. Please understand that for legal reasons we are not allowed to provide individual tax advice. Once you have submitted the questionnaire to the tax office you will be assigned a tax number which you will need in order to write invoices.

Munich Tax Office: information on tax registration in English language (PDF, 153 KB)

ELSTER Portal: information in easy German language

Munich Tax Office: tax registration questionnaires (German language)

Munich Tax Office: contact persons for new businesses (German language)

Munich Tax Office: information on taxes for new businesses (German language)

ELSTER Portal: guidance for the tax registration questionnaire (German language)

 

 

Further steps

Please check if you are required to inform other authorities such as the social insurance system, if you need any permits and which laws and regulations apply to your future business.

 

Can I start a business out of my home?

Viele Selbständige starten erst einmal von zu Hause aus. Informieren Sie in diesem Fall Ihre*n Vermieter*in.

Erkundigen Sie sich auch beim Amt für Wohnen und Migration, ob Sie Ihre Wohnung für gewerbliche Zwecke überhaupt nutzen dürfen und ob Sie dafür eine Genehmigung brauchen. Wenn weniger als 50 Prozent der Wohnfläche beispielsweise als Büro (ohne Parteienverkehr!) genutzt wird und der restliche Wohnraum ansonsten regulär bewohnt wird, liegt keine Zweckentfremdung von Wohnraum vor. In manchen Fällen kann ein häusliches Arbeitszimmer auch steuerlich geltend gemacht werden – fragen Sie eine Steuerberaterin oder einen Steuerberater!

--> Hier die Übersetzung aus dem Punkt: Anforderungen an die Räumlichkeiten einfügen von dieser Seite: https://gruenden-muenchen.de/wp-admin/post.php?post=2172&action=edit&lang=en

--> Link zu einem englischen Video des SozR zu Zweckentfremdung unten bei Linkbox eingefügt

Über uns

Start-ups from abroad // How to open a branch office in Munich
  • Do you have a start-up and are you planning to settle in Munich?
  • Do you live abroad and are planning to open a business in Munich?

Finding the right contact person

Point of Single Contact (PSC) of the City of Munich

The Point of Single Contact for corporate services covers a broad spectrum. Frequently asked questions include forms of opening a office in Munich, licenses from the Immigration Authority or specific requirements to exercise a profession. PSC will guide and advise you through the local administration. Consulting services are offered in German and English and are free of charge. Visit the PSC website
Tel. +49 89 233-22070 | E-Mail: psc@muenchen.de

CCI - Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Munich and Upper Bavaria (IHK für München und Oberbayern)

Invest in Bavaria - the Business Promotion Agency of the State of Bavaria

Invest in Bavaria supports companies from Germany and abroad and from a wide range of sectors. From location search to getting access to relevant partners and networks for your business. Their cross cultural teams provide you with all the important information, valuable contacts and customized support for your expansion project. The “Ois Easy” – a programme for start-ups from abroad is specifically designed for start-ups from abroad who want to open a new branch or a new office in Germany and establish themselves on the German market in the long term. Visit the website and find your contact person here

Germany Trade and Invest - Investment Guide to Germany

Germany Trade & Invest is the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. With more than 50 offices in Germany and abroad, and its network of partners throughout the world, GTAI supports German companies setting up in foreign markets, promotes Germany as a business location and assists foreign companies setting up in Germany. For initial information on entry regulations, company set up, corporation taxation, employees and social security and incentive programs  please see the GTAI "Investment Guide to Germany".

Need help to find a tax adviser or lawyer?

We have listed several options to help you with your search.

Do you you own a valid residence permit for the purpose of self-employed activity in Germany?

More information on the residence permit is available here