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Ministry The Federal Ministry of Finance: A place that counts
Our ministry is one of only three federal ministries that are explicitly mentioned in Germany’s constitution. The Finance Ministry’s responsibilities are more diverse and interesting than most people might think and cover everything from budgets to customs to fighting financial crime. Keep reading to find out more about the wide variety of issues we work on and the people behind the policies.
Public Finances Provisions relating to compensation for National Socialist injustice
Almost immediately after the end of the Second World War, it became clear that compensation needed to be provided to those who had suffered damage as a result of National Socialist injustice. Those who had suffered oppression due to their political opposition to National Socialism or on the grounds of race, religion or ideology were particularly affected.
Ministry Poster: What does the Finance Ministry do?
The Finance Ministry has a broad remit with wide-ranging tasks. We are responsible for the federal budget, tax policy, fiscal policy, international financial market issues, and much more. This poster provides a unique insight into the Finance Ministry’s work.
Public Finances Financial relations between the Federation and Länder
This report explains how financial relations between the Federation and Länder are structured, as stipulated by the German constitution and ordinary law; an overview of the financial resources of the different levels of government in Germany; and an overview of key co-financing arrangements between the Federation and the Länder.
Customs Customs and postal services: e-commerce
Ordering goods online is easy – but which goods can I have sent to me from abroad? And when are these goods duty-free and/or tax-free? What about gift parcels? Here you will find information about how to avoid any unpleasant surprises when your parcel arrives.
taxation Act on the Reporting Obligation and the Automatic Exchange of Information in Tax Matters by Reporting Platform Operators (Platform Tax Transparency Act)
The Platform Tax Transparency Act (PStTG) of 20 December 2022 (Federal Tax Gazette I, p. 2730) introduced a reporting obligation for operators of digital platforms and the cross-border automatic exchange of information between tax authorities of EU Member States. The Act serves to transpose Council Directive (EU) 2021/514 of 22 March 2021 amending Directive 2011/16/EU on administrative …
Taxation What are taxes and what are they used for?
Taxes are the state’s most important source of revenue. The state uses the money to pay for things that are in the public interest. But who decides how much we have to pay in taxes? And why are there so many different kinds of taxes? This brochure provides answers to these and other important questions relating to taxes. It shows who pays what kinds of taxes and explains key terms using …
Public Finances German Draft Budgetary Plan 2023
Germany’s 2023 draft budgetary plan presents the fiscal projections for the budgets of the Federation, Länder, local authorities and social security funds (including their off-budget entities) on the basis of current trends and planning.
Public Finances A timeline: Measures to compensate for National Socialist Injustice
This brochure provides a chronological overview of the compensation and restitution measures that have been adopted by Germany from the end of the Second World War up to the year 2020. Many of the measures listed are accompanied by a brief description. Sources are also provided in order to facilitate more in-depth research.