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Tax payers 'could save up to €240' in 2013

Published: 04 Jan 2013 10:25 GMT+01:00

Finance expert at Berlin's Free University, Frank Hechtner, figured out that Germans could be saving up to €20 a month in the coming year compared with what they paid in 2012, the Süddeutsche Zeitung said.

Thanks to the healthy state of the country's national pension pot, employees may well find themselves paying less into it this year. The government is planning on reducing monthly contributions from 19.6 percent to 18.9 percent of a person's wage.

This, if passed, could see an unmarried person earning €3,400 per month saving €185 in taxes each year. A married couple with two children could save €200.

The full effect will not become clear until April, when changes will be given the go ahead and come into force.

Potential upcoming reforms could, Hechtner said, also benefit lower earners by €100 per year. Currently, Germans may earn up to €400 per month without paying taxes but this figure should rise to €450 over 2013. Those earning up to €850 per month should pay reduced taxes.

But as Hechtner explained, although pension contributions may drop, Germans could find themselves paying slightly more in nursing care insurance. This is set to rise from 1.95 percent of a person's monthly wage to 2.05 percent.

Initially suggested tax reforms by the ruling Christian Union and Social Democrat coalition were rejected by the Social Democrats, who hold a majority in the Bundestag upper house of parliament. If they had been passed, middle earners could have been paying up to €350 less in taxes 2013.

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13:45 January 4, 2013 by smart2012
In contradiction to the article that more money are needed to close gap in budget by 2014. Yes, Verkel propaganda.

Also, am paying every year app 32000 euros in taxes, and those guys make a big deal of maybe saving 150 euros ie 0.46%? Lol
10:03 January 5, 2013 by Englishted
So the more you earn the greater your tax cut ,thats the way to close the gap between rich and poor to make a more equal and fair society.

Also there is a article here today about more austerity measures needed in Germany ,you can't have it both ways unless as many believe the ruling parties are reverse Robin Hoods stealing from the poor to give to the rich.
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