When do children need to start filing? And do they have to file the FBAR? Do I have to file taxes if I have no income? What if I’m self-employed? These questions and many more were part of a spirited and wide-ranging discussion at our inaugural tax talk on June 13th. Daniela Räkers, a Rheine based German accountant and licensed American CPA, sought to calm nerves about this very complicated and confusing topic. The discussion was both enlightening and at times baffling as we waded through abbreviations and terminology such as FBAR and Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, but in the end participants agreed that it was an evening well spent. Be on the lookout for another tax talk next year!
Unbeknownst to most historians, July 4th actually took place on July 7th. Franklin managed to convince his peers in the fledgling democracy to adopt the Julian Calendar, only for Adams to get his way the following year by adopting the Gregorian. Nevertheless . . .
Come join us for our annual 4th of July picnic, which will be taking place in the middle of Kreuzviertel this year. The members of the fraternity Markomannia are kindly letting us use their garden for the event. We will be grilling, playing games, and raffling off two American-themed gift baskets with products straight from the USA! This is definitely a family-friendly event, and all are welcome. We ask everyone to bring their own meat/veggie products to grill, as well as some kind of side dish to be shared with everyone. Water, beer, and soft drinks are available at the event at a small cost.
If you are interested in purchasing raffle tickets, please speak to a DA member! You must be an American to purchase tickets! We will also be selling them at the event (1 Euro per ticket).
Parking in Kreuzviertel is limited! However, if you drive to the event, there is a parking garage by the Stadttheater on Tibusstraße (about a 5 minute walk from there to the house). There are also several bus lines that can get you there.
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