2024-07-10 00:06:01
Politics
Economy

'Not fair and not just': Outrage over tax breaks for foreign skilled workers

The traffic light coalition's plans for tax breaks for foreign skilled workers in Germany are causing widespread criticism. Various politicians, including SPD politicians Petra Köpping and Georg Maier, as well as Green politician Beate Müller-Gemmeke, express concerns about the unfairness of the proposal and the preferential treatment of foreigners over Germans.

Labor Minister Hubertus Heil also doubts the effectiveness of tax breaks and emphasizes the need to focus on reducing bureaucratic hurdles and improving professional recognition. The opposition criticizes the plans as discriminatory and demands tax cuts for all Germans.

However, some experts and associations defend or call for further incentives. The shortage of skilled workers in Germany is a pressing issue, but the proposed tax breaks are viewed as controversial and potentially violating the principle of equal treatment.

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n-tv.de
9. Juli 2024 um 06:29

"Not fair and not just": Outrage over tax breaks for foreign skilled workers - n-tv.de

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The traffic light coalition plans tax breaks for foreign skilled workers, which is met with criticism. SPD politicians Petra Köpping and Georg Maier as well as Green politician Beate Müller-Gemmeke express concerns, as this would be unfair towards Germans. Employer and employee associations also see problems with the proposal.
Spiegel Politik
9. Juli 2024 um 18:33

Coalition plans: Why the traffic light coalition is arguing over tax breaks for foreign top talent - DER SPIEGEL

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The traffic light coalition plans tax breaks for foreign skilled workers to make Germany more attractive. Similar regulations already exist in other European countries like Spain. However, the plans are met with criticism from the CDU/CSU and some SPD politicians, who fear a preferential treatment of foreigners over Germans. Labor Minister Hubertus Heil expresses concerns and emphasizes that bureaucratic hurdles, visa issuance and professional recognition are more important than tax breaks. Experts like the economic expert Monika Schnitzer as well as the German Tax Union and the Federation of Taxpayers also see problems with the planned unequal treatment. Other SPD politicians like Saxony's Social Minister Petra Köpping and Thuringia's Interior Minister Georg Maier also criticize the plans. The tax breaks were part of a basic agreement of the traffic light coalition on the 2025 budget and were intended to send a signal for the cohesion of the coalition.
Spiegel Wirtschaft
9. Juli 2024 um 09:09

Hubertus Heil zweifelt an niedrigeren Steuern für ausländische Fachkräfte - DER SPIEGEL

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Deutsche Welle: DW.com Wirtschaft
9. Juli 2024 um 14:20

Fachkräftemangel: Weniger Steuern für Ausländer?

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Die Bundesregierung plant Steuerrabatte für ausländische Fachkräfte, um den Fachkräftemangel in Deutschland zu bekämpfen und das Wirtschaftswachstum zu fördern. Dies stößt jedoch auf parteiübergreifende Kritik, da es als Diskriminierung von Inländern gesehen wird.
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