Interview of May 18, 2017
Mr. Bach, there is growing criticism that the middle income segments are suffering from a tax and social contribution burden that is too heavy. Does the middle class pay a disproportionately high amount of income tax?
Actually, the middle class has a relatively low income tax burden. This is because we use the basic personal exemption to shield the subsistence level from taxation, and a range of deductions can be taken before taxes. The income tax burden does not rise sharply until the high income segments. The wealthy members of the population are primarily responsible for Germany’s income tax revenue. The wealthiest ten percent pay around 56 percent of the total. [...]