Start your journey as a freelancer

Fill the tax registration form (Fragebogen zur steuerlichen Erfassung) online and get guidance on taxes in Germany

Register with the Finanzamt as a freelancer

Fill the tax registration form (Fragebogen zur steuerlichen Erfassung) online, guided, and in English. Once you are ready, we will take care of submitting it directly to the Finanzamt through the official ELSTER interface.

Get started with your tax registration

Get your questions answered by certified tax consultants

Need help to decide which type of self-employed to register as? Not sure how to invoice your customers? Your dedicated tax consultant on Sorted can help you get started the right way

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Grow with Sorted free plan

You can submit your tax registration and yearly tax reports for free with Sorted. This should cover your tax needs as long as your revenue does not go above the threshold for small business owner (Kleinunternehmer).

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Become self-employed with Sorted

Register as a freelancer to get your tax number

Ready to become self-employed? Exciting! Your first step is to apply for your tax number so that you can invoice your customers correctly. Once you have submitted the registration form, it usually take 3-6 weeks for the Finanzamt to send your new tax number via post.

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Learn more about taxes in Germany

Sorted tax guides explain how to invoice customers correctly, which expenses are tax deductible and what are the different types of taxes you need to pay as a self-employed.

Start tracking your income and expenses

Stay organised to maximise your tax return and avoid the hassle of trying to find all your invoices and receipts when doing your tax reports

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Becoming a freelancer with Sorted

How much does it cost to register with the Finanzamt as a freelancer?

Both preparing and submitting the form is free of charge.

How long would it take to receive my tax number?

After submitting the form you will receive your tax number from the Finanzamt via post. It usually takes 3-6 weeks to arrive.

I need to apply for a VAT ID, can I do it with Sorted?

Sure, when filling the tax registration form, you can select whether you want to apply for a VAT ID.

I want to register as a sole-trader, can I do it with Sorted?

Sure, when filling the tax registration form, you will be able to enter your expected profit from selling goods. In addition to registering as a self-employed, you would also need to obtain a business license (Gewerbeschein) from you local trade office (Gewerbeamt).

Can I get my tax registration form reviewed by a certified tax consultant?

Absolutely, just fill in the form as best as you can and request a review from your dedicated tax firm on Sorted.

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