German court bars translators from outsourcing if they run a freelance business

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Nor Afizah Thalhan  Identity Verified
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Local time: 00:38
Miembro 2013
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Phew Jul 17

Luckily i was not born in Germany!

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Maxi Schwarz
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misleading title? Jul 18

The impression I got when reading the title alone is not what I understood after reading the article.

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Katalin Horváth McClure  Identity Verified
Estados Unidos
Local time: 12:38
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Perfectly fair, IMHO Jul 18

The title of the article is misleading. This is not a new law, the court simply enforced the existing rule. The article explains that there are certain tax advantages offered to freelancers who limit their activities in a manner as prescribed by the tax law. If you go beyond those limited activities, you no longer qualify for that tax benefit, and will have to pay taxes as any other business. These people got caught in an audit, and now they have to pay back taxes for the years they operated "out of scope".

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Jan Truper
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... Jul 18

Luckily, I was born in Germany.

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Teresa Borges
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One cannot have it both ways... Jul 18

Or as the French say "on ne peut pas avoir le beurre et l'argent du beurre"...

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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Miembro 2006
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Yes, title is very misleading Jul 18

Katalin Horváth McClure wrote:
The title of the article is misleading. ... The article explains that there are certain tax advantages offered to freelancers who limit their activities in a manner as prescribed by the tax law.


If I understand correctly, what sunk the pair of freelancers was the fact that they outsourced in languages that they themselves did not understand. This meant that they had no skilled involvement in jobs in those languages. If they had limited themselves to languages that they understand, then it appears that they might have been able to argue successfully that since the final quality is ensured by them, they're not outsourcing whole jobs but only parts of the job, which would have been acceptable. Is that right, Katalin?

So if I understand correctly, if a client wants a text translated into both German and Russian, and you can't speak Russian and you then outsource the Russian translation, then that translation isn't considered "part of the job of translating into German and Russian" but rather "a separate job of translating into Russian".


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Michael Wetzel  Identity Verified
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Jul 18



[Edited at 2017-07-18 08:34 GMT]


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