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Germany's Company Tax Reform Act of 2008

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  • Stefan Homburg

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The article outlines Germany's recent company tax reform. The act will become effective from January 1st, 2008, except for some minor points and for companies with an alternative fiscal year. The description comprises the reduction in the corporate income tax rate, repeal of declining-balance depreciation, changes in the trade tax, and tighter rules regarding transfer prices and loss deduction. Close attention is paid to new instruments such as the interest limitation, preferential treatment of retentions, and the final withholding tax. The paper provides political background, evaluates the changes economically, andputs them in legal and international perspectives.

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Article provided by Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen in its journal FinanzArchiv.

Volume (Year): 63 (2007)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 591-612

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Handle: RePEc:mhr:finarc:urn:sici:0015-2218(200712)63:4_591:gctrao_2.0.tx_2-9

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  1. Dominika Langenmayr, 2011. "Limiting Profit Shifting in a Model with Heterogeneous Firm Productivity," Working Papers 112, Bavarian Graduate Program in Economics (BGPE).
  2. Haufler, Andreas & Stähler, Frank, 2009. "Tax competition in a simple model with heterogeneous firms: How larger markets reduce profit taxes," Discussion Papers in Economics 11120, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  3. Rumpf, Dominik, 2011. "The dividends received deduction in the corporate income tax and cost of capital," Working Papers 01/2011, German Council of Economic Experts / Sachverständigenrat zur Begutachtung der gesamtwirtschaftlichen Entwicklung.
  4. Stöwhase, Sven, 2006. "Discrete investment and tax competition when firms shift profits," Center for European, Governance and Economic Development Research Discussion Papers 52, University of Goettingen, Department of Economics.
  5. Stefan Boeters, 2013. "Optimal Tax Progressivity in Unionised Labour Markets: Simulation Results for Germany," Computational Economics, Society for Computational Economics, vol. 41(4), pages 447-474, April.
  6. Manfred Rose & Daniel Zöller, 2012. "Abzug von Eigenkapitalzinsen als Betriebsausgaben – ein steuersystematischer Beitrag zur Krisenabsicherung von Unternehmen," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 13(3), pages 214-238, 08.
  7. Richard Ochmann, 2014. "Differential income taxation and household asset allocation," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 46(8), pages 880-894, March.
  8. Marc Steffen Rapp & Bernhard Schwetzler, 2008. "Equilibrium Security Prices with Capital Income Taxes and an Exogenous Interest Rate," FinanzArchiv: Public Finance Analysis, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 64(3), pages 334-351, September.

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