Volker Wieland and the Kronberger Kreis: "The tax payer will be charged once again" ("FAS")

In an opinion piece in the weekly newspaper "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung", Volker Wieland and his colleagues from the Kronberger Kreis explain why the fiscal equalization scheme between the federal states and the federal government is unfair and how it should be modified.

With the reform proposal the federal states have presented they would receive more of the tax revenue than the federal government, the economists write. In the end, this would increase the burden on taxpayer as the government could either cut the expenditures or raise taxes.

The economists criticize that the federal states practically do not have any tax autonomy. Thus, they can only make their mark via expenditures. The reform proposal of the federal states would even increase this lack of transparency. According to the Kronberger Kreis, the government should not accept the reform proposal of the federal states.

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