To get more money into the coffers, more than half of the cities and municipalities in germany have raised taxes in recent years. This is the result of a recent analysis by the consulting company ernst& young (EY), which is available to the deutsche presse-agentur.
Accordingly, 53 percent of all municipalities have raised the business tax for companies at least once since 2012. 60 percent of municipalities have since raised the B property tax on developed and developable land. The taxes were lowered in the period as good as nowhere.
The two taxes are essential sources of revenue for cities and municipalities and can be set by them through the so-called levy rates. From federal state to federal state and also within the individual states, there are therefore sometimes serious differences, also depending on the financial situation of the municipalities. In the case of property tax, for example, the bandwidth in north rhine-westphalia alone, the state with the highest average rates, ranges from 260 percent (harsewinkel) to 959 percent (bergneustadt).