Taxes: Lindner promotes the abolition of the solidarity surcharge

Finance Minister Christian Lindner continues to advocate reducing the tax burden for citizens and companies.

Taxes: Lindner promotes the abolition of the solidarity surcharge

Finance Minister Christian Lindner continues to advocate reducing the tax burden for citizens and companies. "For example, the abolition of the so-called solidarity surcharge would quickly improve our country's competitiveness," says the head of the FDP at the German Press Agency.

Soli has already been abolished for most taxpayers, but the ten percent with the highest incomes continue to pay it.

His view on the subject has not changed - but at the same time the FDP is aware that the coalition partners SPD and Greens are more in favor of higher taxes, said Lindner. "Nevertheless, I will continue to advocate for the SPD and the Greens to open up to new thinking." The difficult economic situation requires new answers. "A growth package for more dynamism in the economy would also be advisable in the interest of the coalition's re-election chances," emphasized the finance minister.

Experts from Lindner's ministry recently submitted proposals on how Germany's competitiveness could be strengthened - and also brought a reduction in income tax into play. This was met with little approval, especially by the Greens. In an interview with "Bild am Sonntag", Lindner then refrained from tax cut plans for the moment. "As long as there is no new thinking among the coalition partners, I will concentrate on what can be achieved," he said.

The coalition partner SPD was now open to further talks to strengthen the economy. "It takes a coherent overall approach of investments and relief," said parliamentary group leader Achim Post. Tax policy measures should, however, bring targeted relief and more justice. "For more justice in the crisis, for example, a one-off crisis levy would be a conceivable instrument to enable particularly high assets to share more in the burden of the crisis," said Post. In his view, abolishing the solidarity surcharge would have the opposite effect.

Greens speak out against changes

Green Group Vice President Andreas Audretsch called for investments in a climate-neutral and fair future instead of tax cuts for the absolute top earners. A complete abolition of the solo is the wrong answer "at a time when many people are worried about how to get through the next month". Instead, the federal government must focus its relief measures on small and medium-sized incomes.

The opposition CSU, on the other hand, agreed: Tax cuts for people and companies are "a must" in order to strengthen the state's performance, Bavaria's Finance Minister Albert Füracker told the German Press Agency. He asked Lindner to act. "Cheap gibberish doesn't help anyone, the finance minister has to convince his coalition and implement the necessary measures." The CSU deputy Sebastian Brehm also expects nails with heads. But Lindner lacked assertiveness and will, he criticized.

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