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Taxation Working Party on Tax Revenue Estimates
The Working Party on Tax Revenue Estimates is an advisory council at the Federal Ministry of Finance. It has existed since 1955. In addition to the Federal Ministry of Finance, which has lead responsibility, the council’s membership includes the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, five economic research institutes, the Federal Statistical Office, the Bundesbank, the German Council of …
europe Winning Paper of this year’s Franco-German Fiscal Policy Seminar
In October 2021, 137 countries and jurisdictions agreed to implement a major reform of the international corporate tax system, i.e., a global minimum tax of 15% on the profits of large multinational companies. The winning paper presents simulations of the revenue effects of the global minimum tax.
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.
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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 …
Ministry Werner Gatzer
State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance
fsc-communication Weakening of the economic environment and heightened risks
The German Financial Stability Committee (FSC) agrees with the risk assessment and the conclusions of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) in its warning on vulnerabilities in the European financial system. The ESRB’s warning is also addressed at national authorities with responsibility for financial stability. The Committee supports the ESRB’s call to preserve or further build up micro and …
europe We need to strengthen EU fiscal rules, not dilute them: Guest article by Christian Lindner in the Financial Times
Sound public finances are a prerequisite for enabling economic growth in the EU. We need to ensure that we have fiscal buffers for potential future crises.
Ministry Walter Ulbricht and the construction of the Berlin Wall
It was a lie that made history: on 15 June 1961, Walter Ulbricht, head of state of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), denied rumours that there were plans to close the border between East and West Berlin. In fact nobody had asked if there were plans to build a wall; it was Ulbricht himself who introduced the idea into the discussion. To this day it is unclear why he did so. What is known is …
Ministry Visitors’ service
The visitors’ service welcomes groups who are interested in the ministry’s work. Visitors have the opportunity to talk directly to ministry staff (in German or, where possible, in English) and learn more about the ministry’s tasks, working methods and goals.