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Germany's Company Tax Reform Act of 2008

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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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  • Stefan Homburg, 2007. "Germany's Company Tax Reform Act of 2008," FinanzArchiv: Public Finance Analysis, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 63(4), pages 591-612, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:mhr:finarc:urn:sici:0015-2218(200712)63:4_591:gctrao_2.0.tx_2-9
    DOI: 10.1628/001522107X269041
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    business taxes; German income tax;

    JEL classification:

    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies
    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General
    • D92 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Intertemporal Firm Choice, Investment, Capacity, and Financing

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