Karl-Joseph Laumann – NRW Minister of Social Affairs Karl-Joseph Laumann (CDU) sees the federal government’s tax relief plans as unbalanced. – Photo: Rolf Weinberg/dpa
Finance Minister Lindner’s plans envisage billions in relief for citizens in view of inflation. However, criticism from many quarters is that the money is not being distributed properly.
North Rhine-Westphalia’s Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Karl-Joseph Laumann (CDU), accuses the federal government of ignoring low earners in its tax cuts. Relief for the needy citizens is also being demanded from other directions.
“Anyone who earns less and therefore pays less tax has lost almost all the relief that the federal government has introduced and wants to bring, according to statements made so far,” said the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung. Lawman said: “…
In NRW alone, 1.6 million people worked for minimum wage or slightly above. Since these low earners pay little or no tax, for example, they have practically nothing to do with an increase in the social benefit allowance.
Lauman gave an example calculation: An employee who pays the lowest tax rate of 14 percent and can theoretically deduct 2,000 euros per kilometer would get 280 euros back from the tax. If you pay a top tax rate of 42 percent and can deduct 2,000 euros per kilometer, you get 840 euros.
Lowman called for low-income earners to need a “distance allowance adjusted to their circumstances”. These people will also have to be greatly relieved of the rising prices.
Social Union seeks debate on wealth redistribution
The Social Association Germany (SOVD) criticizes the tax relief plans of Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) as a “slap in the face for pensioners, low earners and many others”. “There should be relief immediately and above all for lower and middle incomes,” demanded Adolf Bauer, President of the SoVD in Berlin. He is only speechless when Lindner thinks about a package in which 70 percent of the relief goes to the 30 percent of the top earners in order to be socially balanced.
Bauer opposed the spread of “horrific scenarios” such as warnings of social unrest. “But Finance Minister Lindner’s discussion about tax plans also shows that we urgently need to have a serious debate about social justice and redistribution,” said the head of the association.
Because we expect help from the central government for those in need
In view of excessive energy prices, Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephen Weil is calling on the federal government to support citizens in need. “My clear hope is that the federal government will help these people to get through the autumn and winter well,” said the SPD politician to the “Welt am Sonntag”. The hesitation of the state will be a social explosive.
He believes that Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) will accept more loans despite the debt brake in the Basic Law. “If we don’t have an emergency within the meaning of the Basic Law, then when?” Weil told the newspaper. With the reforms of the Housing Benefit Act, the circle of those entitled to housing benefit is to be significantly expanded.
Bartsch suggested “winter money”.
In order to reduce the high costs, the leader of the Left Party, Dietmar Bartsch, proposed state “winter money” for low and middle incomes. “For small and medium-sized incomes, we need a one-time winter surcharge against inflation and skyrocketing heating costs: 1,500 euros per family and 600 for each additional household member,” Bartsch told the “Rheinische Post” (Saturday). Euro.” “For financing, we propose the introduction of an additional profit tax and the start of a major tax reform.”
Bartsch demanded that those who profited from the crisis and the “German imperial nobility” had to do their part to keep the country together. “For our country’s billionaires, there needs to be a winter soli — a one-time cash levy — that can be used to provide relief and cap energy prices.”
Student Work: Dramatic Status of Students
Meanwhile, the German Student Union is pushing for immediate student support. “The situation is dramatic,” said the general secretary of the student union, Mathias Ambuhl, to the editorial network Germany (Saturday). “Rising electricity and heating prices hit the students hard – food prices as well.” This winter more help is needed – and not just Bafog recipients. “And we need a fund that takes action when students can no longer pay their rent.” At the same time, Anbühl called on the federal government to increase student loans.
By 2023, 48 million citizens should benefit from the tax plans presented by Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP). This is a relief of more than ten billion euros. In percentage terms, low earners are thus relieved much more than higher earners – but in absolute figures it looks different. Politicians from the Greens and SPD, coalition partners in the federal government, also see a social imbalance.
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Stephen Weil – North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD) expects the federal government to help those in need in the face of inflation and rising energy prices. – Photo: Hauke-Christian Dietrich / DPA