Activities of own-account journalists and press photographers (90.03.5.00)

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The following formalities are performed by responsible authorities and can also be handled via the Point of Single Contact if necessary. Please specify the location via Change selection. If you choose "To the responsible Point of Single Contact for ..." (if available), the contact details of the responsible Point of Single Contact are displayed. The contact details of the competent authority/-ies are displayed after choosing the formality.

Other service-related formalities

Other service-related formalities

For taking-up and pursuit of a service the following service-related formalities, which CANNOT be processed through the Point of Single Contact, must be obeyed:

  • Social security for self-employed artists and publicists, registration

    Für freie Journalistinnen und Journalisten/Pressefotografinnen/Pressefotografen besteht eine Versicherungspflicht in der Künstlersozialkasse. In den ersten drei Jahren der Berufsausübung muss kein bestimmter Gewinn erzielt werden. Danach muss ein Mindestgewinn von € 3.900,00 jährlich bzw. € 325,00 monatlich erzielt werden. Die Versicherung in der Künstlersozialkasse führt dazu, dass der Journalist in der Renten-/Kranken- und Pflegeversicherung pflichtversichert ist. Eine Arbeitslosenversicherung besteht nicht, Beiträge hierzu müssen nicht gezahlt werden.

  • Copyrights; commissioning a collecting society or applying for a usage license

    Authors of literary, scientific and artistic works enjoy protection for their works in accordance with the Copyright Act. Accordingly, the author has, among other things, the exclusive right to publicly reproduce his work.

Formalities relating to the place of business

Formalities relating to the place of business

In addition to the requirements related to a specific service there are authorisations and/or notification obligations in other legal areas regarding the place of business which CANNOT be processed through the Point of Single Contact.

Requirements particularly in the areas of construction law, public road legislation, imission control law, water and waste law, listed building regulations and forest law should be taken into account.

Formalities relating to the employment of workers

Formalities relating to the employment of workers

If you would like to hire an employee you need to proceed with the following steps. These formalities CANNOT be processed through the Point of Single Contact.

If the employment is terminated you also have to inform the authorities where the employee has been registered.

Tax related formalities

Tax related formalities

For taking-up and pursuit of a service please also consider the following tax related formalities which CANNOT be processed through the Point of Single Contact:

  • Freelance activity; notification of the opening of a business

    The commencement of a freelance activity must be reported directly to the competent tax office without any formalities. The responsible tax office is informed by the respective municipality about the registration of a business. In addition, you must provide the competent tax office with further information on the legal and factual circumstances relevant for taxation.

Personal formalities

Personal formalities

We would also like to inform you about the following personal formalities which CANNOT be processed through the Point of Single Contact:

  • Residence; Registration

    If you move into an apartment, you must register with the responsible registration office (municipality, city or administrative community) within two weeks.

  • Residence cards and certificate of permanent residence; application

    A residence card or permanent residence card shall be issued to family members of Union citizens who are entitled to free movement and to permanent residents but who are not Union citizens themselves. Union citizens may apply for a certificate.

Characteristics and key concepts of the service

This service includes:

  • Activities of journalists
  • Activities of press photographers accompanying their photographs with text reports, with a principal focus on text reporting

Keywords

  • Berichterstatter/innen, selbstständige (Journalistinnen und Journalisten)
  • Fernsehberichterstatter/innen, selbstständige
  • Feuilletonist(en/innen), selbstständige
  • Hörfunkberichterstatter/innen, selbstständige
  • Korrespondenten, selbstständige
  • Reiseberichterstatter/innen (Reiseberichte, in selbstständiger Tätigkeit)
  • Reporter/innen, selbstständige (Journalistinnen und Journalisten)
  • Rundfunkberichterstatter/innen, selbstständige
  • Sportberichterstatter
  • Tätigkeiten von selbstständigen Journalist(en/innen), Pressefotograf(en/innen), sofern sie ihre Fotos selbst mit Textberichten versehen und die Textberichterstattung im Vordergrund steht
  • Zeitungsberichterstatter/innen (Journalistinnen und Journalisten), selbstständige