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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 …
Taxation Global minimum tax: frequently asked questions
In these FAQs, we answer the top questions on a major reform to international corporate tax rules.
taxation Tax data from Dubai now going to the Länder
At the Federal Ministry of Finance’s behest, the Federal Central Tax Office (Bundeszentralamt für Steuern) has purchased data for the purpose of detecting international tax crimes. This is the first time that the Federal Central Tax Office has independently purchased data that will have a material impact on the taxation process.
taxation Scholz: “We’re taking action to eliminate tax havens”
The German cabinet adopted the draft Defence against Tax Havens Act on 31 March 2021. With the new law, the German government is taking action against tax evasion, tax avoidance and unfair tax competition from tax havens.
taxation Tobacco Duty Modernisation Act adopted
The German cabinet adopted the draft Tobacco Duty Modernisation Act on 24 March 2021. With this legislation, the German government is adjusting tobacco duty rates and responding to changes in the tobacco market and in consumer behaviour. The new law also serves to improve public health and protect minors.
taxation Scholz to boost the competitiveness of family businesses
The federal cabinet adopted the draft Act Updating Corporate Tax Law (Gesetz zur Modernisierung des Körperschaftsteuerrechts) on 24 March 2021. With this bill, the German federal government is improving the tax framework especially for small and medium-sized partnerships and family businesses. In addition, it makes German corporate tax law better suited for international business in a globalised …
taxation Scholz: “A key step towards greater tax fairness”
Germany’s federal cabinet adopted the draft Act Implementing the Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive (Gesetz zur Umsetzung der Anti-Steuervermeidungsrichtlinie) on 24 March 2021. In the bill, the German government proposes stricter rules to fight aggressive tax planning. The new rules aim to effectively counteract tax avoidance strategies used by multinational corporations.
taxation Cabinet approves near-complete abolition of solidarity surcharge
On Wednesday, the federal cabinet approved draft legislation to reduce the solidarity surcharge. If the bill is passed, the surcharge will, starting in 2021, be completely eliminated for around 90% of those who currently pay it. For a further 6.5% of taxpayers, the surcharge will be reduced. As a result, 96.5% of today’s surcharge payers will be better off.
taxation 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 …