Pension taxation has been increasing for years. However, German seniors have never had to pay as much taxes as in 2019. Critics are now calling for reform.
Not only do more and more pensioners have to pay taxes, they are also increasingly asked to pay. Taxes are said to have doubled in the past ten years - and the trend is rising. This emerges from a response from the Federal Ministry of Finance to a request from the left.
Pensioners paid billions in taxes in 2019 - Leftists call for reform
In the past year alone, German seniors had to pay more taxes than ever before. In 2019, pensioners paid a total of 40.82 billion euros in taxes on their income . In 2020, it should already be just under 43 billion euros. That is why the left now explicitly calls for tax reform, as the Bild am Sonntag reports.
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The focus is on pensioners who only receive small to medium-sized pensions and who are at risk of slipping into old-age poverty due to high taxation. That is why Left Group leader Dietmar Bartsch demands that the latter "be protected from the tax office ". Since 2005, the taxable share of pensions for new pensioners has risen by two percentage points annually from 50 percent at that time.
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The tax exemption will cease completely in 2040, from then on all pensions will be fully taxed . For this, contributions to old-age provision are exempt from tax. As a result, the revenue from additional income tax due to the pension increase this summer should increase by 420 million euros , according to the Morgenpost, the Federal Ministry of Finance finally replied.
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