In the case of the Reform of the land tax of Bavaria, especially more Front against plans by the Federal Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD). Before a new Meeting of Scholz with his country colleagues on Thursday in difficult negotiations.
In country circles, it said on Wednesday, it is open whether an agreement succeed. The basic tax topic should be in the coalition Committee – the tips of the coalition of CDU, CSU and SPD can advise on a Thursday afternoon.
Bavaria’s Finance Minister Albert Füracker (CSU) said on Wednesday the German press Agency in Munich, which at the beginning of February of Scholz presented key points to be reform, contrary to many other representation no agreement on a property tax model. “The now of Hamburg, Hesse and lower Saxony, is the criticism of the model of the Federal Finance Minister shows that there is still no consensus on the proposals of Mr. Scholz.”
Scholz is seeking a consensus with all the countries. The Federal Minister of Finance, wants to be used a so-called value-dependent model in which land values, age of buildings and the average rental costs. The property tax, with a revenue of 14 billion euros in the year, one of the most important municipal revenue sources. The Federal constitutional court has required due to obsolete bases a new system of property tax by the end of 2019.
In the country, governments are feared, with a view to the plans of Scholz especially high extra costs due to additional bureaucracy, the threat of rent increases. Also in the Union group in the Bundestag, there are great reservations about the model of the SPD-politician. The Bundestag and the Bundesrat must agree to a Reform of the land tax.
Bayern made it clear before the Meeting on Thursday that there is no appreciable compromise of Scholz is currently no approval for the plans for the Reform of the land tax. “The prospects for success of the upcoming talks and the next steps depend crucially on whether the Federal Minister of Finance, is finally ready, easier and with less bureaucracy related models a real perspective,” said Füracker.
Even North Rhine-Westphalia, called for improvements in the Reform – to avoid excessive bureaucracy. “We are not yet at the end of the talks,” said Finance Minister Lutz Lienenkämper (CDU), the German press Agency. So far, the goal of the simple administration of the tax was not reached yet.
Schleswig-Holstein Finance Minister Monika Heinold (Green) is expected in the negotiations on Thursday with a breakthrough. “I expect that the node will now be struck through,” said Heinold of the dpa in Kiel. “With our land-location model, we have provided a good basis for a simple, equitable, and legal Reform of the property tax.” Now it is the Grand coalition, “to give a gift to yourself for the first birthday with a compromise.” Schleswig-Holstein relies on a compromise, according to Heinold fairer than the surface model, but in a less bureaucratic than that of the Scholz’s proposal.
Füracker said, according to the Belief of Bavaria, the now-discussed reform concept was far too complex, administratively cumbersome, as well as for the taxpayer to understand. It was, in practice, neither the property owner nor the tax administration to handle. “Bayern remains for an Easy-to-land-tax, which, in principle, on the criteria “surface of the ground” and “living or usable area of the building” is based,” he said.
The CSU-financial policy-makers, Hans Michelbach, said the dpa, Scholz had lost itself in the “ideological underbrush”. He wanted to land values and Rents in the calculation of the basic tax. The property tax, but no indirect, income or property tax. In addition, the plans to more bureaucracy: “From a simple and transparent – have led to the original default may be less and less.”
The CSU is also a of the SPD into the game brought a ban to a levy rejects the property tax on the service charges. Currently, tenants pay this in Germany, indirectly, property taxes.
The discussion was a pure diversion of the SPD, said Füracker. “We now need to create urgently a reasonable Reform of the estate tax. We must not complicate things with even more points.” Also, the Federal constitutional court in its judgment on the estate tax only with the legal basis for their collection. “The question of the levy capacity was not an issue.”