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Der Weg ist frei: mehr Steuergerechtigkeit durch nachhaltigen Abbau der kalten Progression

Philipp Breidenbach (), Roland Döhrn and Tanja Kasten ()

Wirtschaftsdienst, 2014, vol. 94, issue 12, 859-863

Abstract: Using a microsimulation model, we estimate the effect of inflation adjusted tax brackets for the German income tax, implementing a standardised annual reduction of bracket creep. In light of the current low inflation rate, this would lead to a moderate decrease in tax revenue in the next two years. Looking at the distributional effects of such a tax reduction, the progressive tariff implies that upper income groups would benefit most in absolute terms. However, in relative terms, lower and middle class incomes in particular would be relieved of a substantial burden. Given the current economic and political environment, there is leeway to implement such tax reform now. Copyright ZBW and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014

Keywords: D04; H20; H30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1007/s10273-014-1760-0

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