German Church Tax story has gone viral
has caught the imagination of many in the United Kingdom and the US , where
Churches are funded through voluntary contributions.
income Tax system is amongst the most complex in Europe included in income Tax
is the Kirchensteuer surcharge , which has been part of the German Tax system
since the formation of Germany in the 19th century.
who are officially registered as members
of a Church pay a religious Tax of
between 8 and 9% of their annual Tax bill. So if your Tax bill is 10,000 Euro
per annum then approximately €800 will go on top of that given you a total of €10,800 in tax.
controversy follows on from a German
catholic bishop decree , saying that anyone who fails to pay the tax will no longer to be able to participate in their local. In the past many expatriates ,
who went to live in Germany would simply opt out of a Church tax system.
controversy involves a retired professor
of church law from frbiburg University named Hartmut Zapp and it has been running since 2007.
not the only European country that has church taxes and this story will no
surprise many who live in mainland Europe.
this is generally in the region of 1% taxable income , Sweden this can be up to
2% , Austria 1.1% , Switzerland this can be as high as 2.3% but an individual
may opt out, Finland an average of 1.3% and Italy 0.8%.
church taxes are normally payable by members of the church and there is an opt
out procedure that people can follow.
Email a friend