Will there be tax increases with a federal government led by the Union? The decision-makers respond evasively – and receive criticism for their zigzag course.
Berlin – With the ARD summer interview by Armin Laschet, the election campaign for the federal elections has picked up speed. The Union’s candidate for chancellor was confident of victory in an interview with ARD’s capital city studio manager Tina Hassel. However, the opposition accuses him of breaking his word.
Armin Laschet: Neither tax increases nor tax cuts make sense at the moment
Specifically, it is about Laschet’s remarks on the subject of taxes. The CDU boss has rejected both tax increases and tax cuts in the current situation. The key question is how to get better income for the state again after the pandemic, said the North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister. “Raising taxes now would be exactly the wrong approach. We have to get back to economic growth. ”
In the election program of the CDU and CSU there is not a single tax relief, added Laschet. “The basic message is: tax relief at the moment, we don’t have the money.” On page 34 of the election manifesto it says: “We will gradually abolish the solidarity surcharge for everyone and at the same time relieve small and medium-sized incomes with income tax.” especially the richest of society. A section of the population that, according to recent studies, would benefit most from the Union’s financial plans anyway.
– Report from Berlin (@ARD_BaB) July 11, 2021
Criticism of Laschet’s tax position: “Somebody tries to cheat his way through”
Because of this passage, parts of the opposition see a contradiction between Laschet’s statements and the election manifesto. “The CDU is writing tax relief in its election program, the Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet is canceling it out again today,” tweeted FDP leader Christian Lindner on Sunday evening. “You can imagine how the text would ‘unfortunately’ sound like after coalition negotiations with Annalena Baerbock,” he added – and, unsurprisingly, advised the election of the FDP.
SPD general secretary Lars Klingbeil struck a similar notch and attested Laschet broken word. “In the summer interview, he says he is not planning any tax cuts,” wrote Klingbeil on Twitter and added a reference to Laschet’s experts on economic and financial policy on the CDU election campaign team. “It seems uncomfortable to him that Merz wrote in his election platform that top earners should be relieved of billions in solos. Someone tries to cheat their way through. ”His colleague Paul Ziemiak, Secretary General of the CDU, congratulated Laschet on Twitter for a“ strong interview ”. You need “no tax increases, but growth impulses”.
Tax increases yes or no? Merz: “Both apply”
The deputy leader of the Greens, Konstantin von Notz, wrote on the subject of tax cuts: “The election program says yes. Armin Laschet says no. What is it now? Friedrich Merz: Both! ”Merz was connected to Deutschlandfunk for an interview on Monday morning. When asked whether there were tax cuts or increases, the 65-year-old replied: “Both apply. Both are also completely in line with one another. We said in the election manifesto that we currently have no leeway for tax cuts, but that we will have to lower taxes in the future, especially for family companies in Germany. “,
Merz does not want to do without tax relief in the long term. He also reiterated his party’s call for the solidarity surcharge to be abolished for all. This is long overdue. “There is hardly anything left of wage increases because social security contributions and taxes eat up a large part of the lower incomes,” said Merz. “And that has to be corrected.” Merz referred to a statement from the electoral program: “World leaders in tax burdens and world leaders in competitiveness, they do not go together in the long run.” (as)