Driving a car in the UK after a no-deal Brexit

The UK Government has issued advice on what rules will apply to driving in the UK and the EU after 29th March 2019, if the country leaves the EU without a deal.

The guidelines, entitled “Prepare to drive in the EU after Brexit” were updated in February.  The apply to car drivers, but there is also advice available for commercial coach and lorry drivers.

Driving off a ferry in Dover

To summarise: [Read more…]

Changes to the German TV and Radio License in 2013

TV set - ©Can Stock Photo Inc. / megastockerThe concept of a Television License is not completely foreign to someone moving to Germany from many countries, but the idea of a radio license probably is for many. In fact it is probably one of the many pitfalls for students moving here who do not bring a television with them but maybe a radio alarmclock.

The current system used to be quite simple. If you had just a radio, then you paid for a radio license. If you had a television, then you paid for a television license and this included your radio. Families only needed one license, regardless of how many radios and televisions they owned, as long as any offspring did not have their own income.

And you had to pay just for owning a set, even if you never even switched it on or just watched DVDs with it.

Businesses had to pay per set, so a radio license was required for each office with a radio it in and for each company car.

There were some special cases, but generally this is the way that the system worked until a few years ago. [Read more…]

Hundesteuer

Hundesteuer is a tax that is paid by dog owners, similar to a dog license in other countries.

In the 19th Century the German state considered it a luxury for a private person to have a dog, hence the tax.

There are however exceptions, eg. for guard dogs – as long as these are owned by a company.

Dogs that are particularly dangerous often pay a higher rate of tax, whereas guide dogs pay less tax in some areas of Germany.

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