GERMAN FINANCE MINISTER PLEDGES TAX RELIEF FROM 2023
January 02, 2022 at 13:30 PM EST
Image Credit: REUTERS/Annegret Hilse Germany's new government will offer personal and business tax breaks worth at least 30 billion euros ($ 34.1 billion) during this legislative period, Finance Minister Christian Lindner said on Sunday. “We will relieve people and small and medium-sized businesses by significantly more than 30 billion euros,” Lindner told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper. Noting that the budget for 2022 was drawn up by the previous government under Chancellor Angela Merkel, Lindner said his 2023 plan will include reliefs such as contributions to pension insurance and the end of an electricity price surcharge. Meanwhile, Lindner, leader of the fiscally cautious Free Democrats (FDP), said he had asked his cabinet colleagues to review the spending projects of their ministries. “We have to go back to sound public finances. We have a responsibility towards the younger generation,” he said. Lindner stated one manner to make financial savings would be to scrap the development of a new authorities terminal at Berlin’s BER airport, set to cost 50 million euros. He recommended a temporary constructing may be used permanently. The minister is likewise making plans a tax invoice to assist organizations deal with the continuing coronavirus pandemic, along with permitting them to offset losses in 2022 and 2023 in opposition to income from previous years. Due to the pandemic, Chancellor Olaf Scholz's ruling coalition agreed to use an emergency clause in the constitution for the third year in a row in 2022 to suspend debt limits and authorize new loans of $ 100 billion euros. From 2023, the coalition aims to revert to the debt brake rule in the constitution which limits new loans to a small fraction of economic output.