Website operators often do not know what obligations they have to face in terms of taxes and filing a tax return. They concern tax law issues as well as other self-employed or entrepreneurs with a part-time activity that brings in profits. In this article we want to summarize in more detail what you have to pay attention to and how tax advice for your website can help you in these matters.

Private person with part-time business – tax liability?

First of all, it is important that the tax office no longer sees everyone who earns money with a website as a private person, but as a businessperson. Conversely, this means that as soon as you make a profit with your website, you also have to pay tax on your income. Accordingly, you have to pay sales tax, income tax and trade tax.

While you have to deal with sales tax as soon as you place an advertising banner or an affiliate link, i.e. from the point in time from which you start generating income, there is a small exception for income tax. Only if you do not intend to make a profit with the website, for example if you only run a blog as a hobby and do not want to earn anything, can you be pleased with the duty to pay income tax.

When does a business have to be registered?

You have to register a business as soon as you work for your own account and generate income. Because then you count for the tax office all the more as a trader – regardless of whether you initially only run your website as a part-time job.

You will be called upon to pay the trade tax in particular if parameters such as independence, profit-making and participation in commercial transactions apply to you and your long-term activity.

As soon as you start your business, you have to register this with the responsible trade office in your locality. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t made any sales. The trade office then informs the responsible tax office that they will then collect some information from you. However, since many trade offices know that entrepreneurs are not always 100% sure immediately whether they are running a trade or are planning a longer-term operation, you also have the option of filing a registration retrospectively.

Tax advice website – this is how a professional can help you

Especially when you start a business, you often have a lot of other things on your mind than taxes and there is so much to learn and to consider that tax law matters can quickly get over your head. For this very reason, it is often a good investment to seek help from a tax consultancy for your website. Experts can support you in the following areas, among others:

  • Income surplus calculation
  • Financial accounting
  • Payroll accounting
  • VAT returns
  • Processing of tax forms

Would you like to find out more about taxes and online tax advice or ask your questions to a real tax advisor? Then try our service right away. You can find more information on this here .

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