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  1. 9 April 2020

    Olaf Scholz: Vir­tu­al keynote speech for the Glob­al So­lu­tions Sum­mit

    Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year's Global Solutions Summit is being held as a virtual event. In his online speech to the Summit, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz focuses on the need for an international minimum tax in order to ensure that everyone contributes their fair share to the financing of public goods.

  2. 21 November 2019

    FAQs: Task force to com­bat tax fraud and tax avoid­ance

    An effective new task force is being set up to detect illicit tax schemes and large-scale tax fraud such as cum/ex arrangements more quickly and put a stop to them. What will the task force do to investigate tax fraud and tax avoidance? How many new positions will be created? And what else is the German Finance Ministry doing to combat tax avoidance? Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

  3. 30 October 2019

    Re­sults of the 156th meet­ing of the Work­ing Par­ty on Tax Rev­enue Es­ti­mates

    The Federation, Länder and local authorities can continue to expect higher tax revenues in the coming years. According to current tax estimates, tax revenues will rise from €796.4bn in 2019 to around €935.0bn in 2024. The trend will be somewhat better for the Länder and local authorities than for the Federation, however. Overall, the Working Party on Tax Revenue Estimates has corrected its revenue expectations slightly downwards.

  4. 16 September 2019

    Tax­es: an in­ter­na­tion­al com­par­i­son

    This article provides basic international comparisons of certain major tax types. The comparisons cover the member states of the European Union plus several additional advanced economies (the United States, Canada, Japan, Switzerland and Norway) and generally reflect the state of the law in these countries as of end 2018.

  5. 22 July 2019

    Ger­man re­al prop­er­ty tax re­form – sim­ple, so­cial­ly eq­ui­table and com­pat­i­ble with the con­sti­tu­tion

    The German cabinet and the CDU/CSU and SPD parliamentary groups have adopted draft legislation to reform Germany’s real property tax. The aim is to make the tax simple, socially equitable and compatible with the constitution. Real property tax revenue will continue to accrue to the local authorities. Generating more revenue is not the objective of the reform.

  6. 20 May 2019

    Sim­pli­fy­ing tax as­sess­ment for non-res­i­dent pen­sion­ers

    The Retirement Income Act, which came into effect on 1 January 2005, changed the way pensions are taxed. As a result of these changes, more and more pensioners are liable to pay tax, even if they live outside Germany. In the past, dealing with pensioners living abroad posed special challenges for the revenue administration, not least due to language barriers.

  7. 8 May 2019

    “A min­i­mum tax will en­sure greater fair­ness in in­ter­na­tion­al tax law”

    At the 6th International Tax Symposium in Berlin, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz expressed his support for a global minimum effective tax on companies. He also stated that the fair taxation of companies will be one of the priorities Germany’s EU Council presidency in the second half of 2020.

  8. 1 April 2019

    6th In­ter­na­tion­al Tax Sym­po­sium “150 Years of DTAs – Fit for Pur­pose?”

    To mark the 150th anniversary of double taxation agreements, the 6th International Tax Symposium on 8 May 2019 will focus on recent challenges in the area of German and international tax treaty policy. Against the backdrop of increasingly automated and digital economies, discussions will be held on the question of whether traditional taxation approaches are still fit for purpose.

  9. 27 March 2019

    Ger­many and Nether­lands reaf­firm their com­mit­ment to com­bat­ing tax avoid­ance

    On 27 March 2019, German finance minister Olaf Scholz met Menno Snel, State Secretary for Finance at the Dutch Ministry of Finance. In a joint statement, the two countries reaffirmed their commitment to combating tax avoidance by agreeing and implementing the OECD and EU standards on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS).

  10. 21 March 2019

    Dou­ble tax­a­tion agree­ments and oth­er tax­a­tion-re­lat­ed agree­ments

    This page offers information on Germany’s double taxation agreements and additional country-related publications on double taxation agreements. You can access the original texts via our German website.

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