Federal Minister for economic Affairs, Peter Altmaier, has rejected the proposal of the Finance Minister, Olaf Scholz, to increase the top tax rate. “Any debate about tax is poison for the economy increases,” said the CDU politician of the “Bild”newspaper. The debate was also “factually incorrect, because the tax rate has risen steadily in recent years”.

Altmaier called for “tax relief for all citizens, weak and strong shoulders alike”. Therefore, the coalition will buckle increases from the contract between the Union and the SPD control “categorically”.

Scholz had referred to in the weekly newspaper “die Zeit” an increase in the top tax rate for “very high income” as “only fair”. The SPD politician and Vice-Chancellor pointed out that the top rate of tax to the time of the then Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl (CDU) was at 56 percent compared to 42 percent.

The coalition government has set itself the goal to refrain from tax increases. The Union invades but now on the complete abolition of the solidarity surcharge in this legislature, and I will make in the forthcoming Revision of the work of the coalition in the autumn, generally speaking, tax relief on the topic.

The SPD had been offered in the coalition negotiations that a complete Soli-could be abolition with an increase in the top tax rate against funded. In the past year are estimated to have caused nearly three million people under the top rate of tax.

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