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UK employer paying a German resident for work carried out in Germany - tax implications

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17:54 Apr 27th, 2017 [16:54 Apr 27th local time]
We are a UK company and have been employing a German couple for the past several years. They have been living and working and therefore paying tax in the UK via the usual processes for the past several years. The couple has now decided to move back to Germany and has asked if they could continue their employment with the UK company, working remotely from Germany. Whist this presents no technical issues for us in the UK company, I would like to understand our tax obligations and liabilities.

Would we (the UK employer) be obliged to without wages tax, social security, church tax etc and pay it over to the German authorities? Or, could we pay the employees on a gross basis and they settle their own affairs with the German tax office?

If we do have an obligation to withhold taxes and pay over to German authorities, do we have to register our business in anyway in Germany? Is there any cost involved in this?

Would we, as an employer, have to make any employer tax or other contributions? What are they? How much are they?

Any help with any of these questions is gratefully received.


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