Inheritance Tax Compromise:

Stimulus for tax advisors and lawyers disadvantage in competition with European neighbours Berlin/Munich – the Government has after a long battle on a compromise for a reform of inheritance tax agreed. The new regulation should enter into force as of January 1, 2009. The coalition force according to Carl-Ludwig Thiele of the FDP financial expert comes to inheritance tax in the next round, because Union as SPD regarded themselves as the winner. The CSU should better now these inheritance tax reform stop, rather than to announce a further reorganisation following the next election”, so Thiele. He criticized that “speeches the great song on the middle class” Sung will and laws against family-owned company on the way would then brought into concrete government action.

FDP-party and parliamentary group leader Guido Westerwelle described the tax as “Stimulus for accountants and lawyers.” Criticism also comes from the middle class: In competition with our European neighbors, who have completely abolished the inheritance tax to the part which must Tax burden, in particular for small and medium-sized enterprises are reduced”, calls Mario Ohoven, President of the Association of SMEs (BVMW). Neeman Foundation takes a slightly different approach. Still remains according to FDP politician Thiele cannot be explained why a publicly traded corporation has to pay inheritance tax from the company never a cent: the load is only medium-sized family-owned company. The proposed exceptions are so unrealistic and impractical that you are likely to actually access only in cases. Thus, the principle remains that the company’s assets with the two even significantly beyond evaluates to quadruple value in some cases. On these higher values the tax will then be due.” The separation of the control classes II and III be incomprehensible, since the exemption and tax rates are identical. Here is a drastic tax increase at small fortune from 20,000 euros. This is aimed in particular against “Brothers and sisters, but also against unmarried couples, whose inherited assets having tax marginal tax rates with 30 percent is in the top even 50 percent.” Thiele announced that is the Liberal Party in the parliamentary procedure all rights of the facts reserve, including a hearing of experts on not-yet-known amendments of the Grand Coalition. The FDP Bundestag group has criticised the Berlin compromise for a reform of inheritance tax in the Landtag of Bavaria. The present agreement of CDU/CSU and SPD contains some welcome progress of part of about exemption of spouses of inheritance residential property used to own remains particularly when operating transfers out of focus and hostile to middle-class”, as FDP leader Thomas Hacker.