Germany: Additional Tax For Childless/Childfree People
So I read the other day where there is talk in the German congress of introducing a tax law that would increase the tax on people without children by 1%.
Now, as it is, in most countries with a national income tax the childfree get shafted anyway because they don’t get the same tax credits that those with children have. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Germany takes this bad up to a whole new level with the introduction of such legislation.
A lot of you might be thinking “what’s 1%?” Well, it depends on how much you make! Childfree people tend to have higher incomes overall than those with children. So let’s say you make $100,000 per year US equivalent (using US as a standardized currency). 1% of $100,000 is $1,000. For most people, that’s a sizable amount out of their tax refund every year, and for some people it would be their entire tax refund! When you think about it like that, that’s an awful lot of money.
The supposed reason behind this tax is to provide incentive to have children and increase the birth rate. Germany, like a lot of other European and otherwise developed countries, is currently experiencing a negative birth rate. There are more people dying than being born (in fact, if I’m not mistaken the US is the only developed country with a positive birth rate at this time). I guess I can kind of see their point, but once again why do they really care? It’s not really tragic for a population or a species to die out.
Well, even with that said, the childfree aren’t the only ones getting shafted by this. What about those who are unable to have children through no fault of their own? They’re going to get hit in the pocket books too. Talk about adding insult to injury!
No matter how you turn it, this new tax is neither fair nor ethical. But, what have I always said on this blog? There’s a stigma when it comes to being childfree that’s not going away anytime soon, and I don’t think it’ll ever really be accepted.