Specific Issues

We offer additional information on selected topics, giving you an overview of legal and tax issues as well as useful contacts for more detailed information.

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International topics

When it comes to doing business internationally, you need to check what tax and legal regulations apply. There are many factors to consider if your business operates beyond German borders.

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Location and premises

Check legal prerequisites and building regulations for commercial use of premises in Munich to find an adequate location for your business. Learn about two important service points at the City’s Department of Urban Planning and Building Regulations.

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Public tenders and contracts

Procurement law determines how the Federal Government, federal states, and regions must proceed when purchasing goods and services and awarding concessions.  How can companies find the relevant information on tenders?  How can you make myself known to public contracting authorities in Munich and Bavaria? Where can you get advice?

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Residence permit

Citizens of non-EU or EFTA states must check whether their residence status or permit allows them to be self-employed or whether they need to apply for an additional permit at the Foreigners Office.

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Opening a branch office in Munich

This page provides a quick overview to foreign companies who are interested in doing business in Munich. This can be achieved by a number of ways. From finding business partners to setting up an office in Munich.

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Sideline or part-time start-up

Self-employment while already employed, studying, caring for a family, retired or unemployed? A sideline business  is subject to the same rules as a full-time start-up. There are particular issues to consider regarding employment law, social security, and tax requirements.

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Freelancing in Munich: Freiberufler or Gewerbe?

The terms “Freiberufler“, “freelancer” and “self-employed” are often confused and used as synonyms.

Please note: Self-employed people in Germany are

  • either business people [Gewerbetreibende] with an activity that is classified as a trade or a business [Gewerbe]
  • or members of the liberal professions [Freiberufler] with an activity that is classified as a liberal profession [Freier Beruf]

Different rules apply to these two categories.

It is very important that you distinguish between these two types of new businesses and find out which one is right for you.  Read on here