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Top one percent earners pay 25 percent of income tax

The Local · 12 Oct 2011, 16:05

Published: 12 Oct 2011 16:05 GMT+02:00

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In 2007, 383,000 Germans earned more than €172,000, the statistics revealed, while half of Germany’s 38.4 million tax-payers earned less than €22,500.

While Germans had a total income of €1.2 trillion in that year, the tax man claimed €211 billion, an increase of €30.1 billion (16.7 percent) over 2004. There was also a 9.6 percent increase in the number of taxpayers in that period.

While the top one percent of income earners – all those who earned €172,000 or more – covered 25 percent of the total income tax, those earning €22.500 or less contributed 3.6 percent of the total income tax.

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17:09 October 12, 2011 by piatnek
Those who pay the least get the most. Sounds like Marxism.
23:05 October 12, 2011 by nolibs
So around 71% of the taxes are paid by those earning between €22.500 and €172.000 if I'm reading that correctly.

What's odd is that in the USA, the top 1% pay 39% of the total Federal Income tax.
12:03 October 14, 2011 by siba
sorry "the local" but this short aricle is just useless. of course the rich pay alltogether a higher taxes since they earn so much more. but in PERCENT per person they pay LESS taxes - not regared all the other ways they increase their money by just having money!! And as everyone knows the top 1 percent are wealther than the bottom 50 %. the top 20 percent own ca. 85 percent of all wealth (see attached article). and while on the top people get richer there is a fast growing share of people living in extreme poverty. we need more equal - means higher taxes for the rich - sth. even many of the rich demand today. Occupy Wallstreet is a late but absolutely necessary reaction to this truth. attached a link from a recent article on this topic on cbs.

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