SPD concept wants to introduce wealth tax and take billions
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The SPD wants to ask riches through a wealth tax to checkout. This is a concept by Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel. As a result, up to ten billion euros are to flow into the state coffers every year – including from corporations.
DActing SPD leader Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel has drafted a concept for wealth tax, which is to bring the state 10 billion euros annually. "In our opinion, those who have benefited disproportionately from the economic situation in recent years, even in the financial market crisis of 2008/2009, should make a greater contribution to the necessary investments, ie infrastructure, housing and climate protection "He told the" Rheinische Post ".
These are primarily multimillionaires and billionaires. "We calculate with up to ten billion euros, which can come from a property tax."
According to the report, Schäfer-Gümbel wants to introduce his concept to the SPD presidency this Monday. In December, it should then decide the party congress.
In June 2017, the SPD executive committee established a commission on wealth taxation, which presides over Schäfer-Gümbel. The levy has been part of the SPD policy for many years. However, the Federal Constitutional Court has set high hurdles for the tax, which is why it has not been levied since 1997.
Schäfer-Gümbel said the "Rheinische Post" to justify the reintroduction, alone in the municipal sector lacked investment funds of 150 billion euros. According to his concept, capital companies should also be included. "We are guided by the Swiss model. Part of that is that we want to implement rules that prevent additional problems in the event of economic difficulties. "
Therefore, exemption rules are provided. "We want to work with allowances, so that the wealth tax is due only from a specific asset."
The provisional SPD leader pointed out that in other countries there are significantly higher wealth taxes than the SPD Commission now plans for Germany. In the US, the share is at four percent, in France and the UK even more. "If we introduce wealth tax at one percent, I do not see that the German company would hurt internationally."
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