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Wirkung einer Feiertagsbereinigung des Länderfinanzausgleichs: eine empirische Analyse des deutschen Finanzausgleichs

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In the German system of fiscal equalization Länder (States) with tax revenue below the average get payments from the Länder above the average. The difference between the average and the own tax revenue per capita will be compensated up to 75%. To prevent Länder from getting payments form other Länder by lowering their own tax rates and to get the right information about their ability to pay, the revenue of taxes with taxing autonomy is standardized. But Länder could also influence their tax revenues by the number of holidays, each Land decides on its own. A Land with many own holidays will get lower tax revenues and higher payments in the fiscal equalization system than the same Land with no extra holidays. To collect the real ability to pay of the Länder in the fiscal equalization system, it is necessary to eliminate the effect of the different number of holidays, too. This paper shows an approach to neutralize this effect, calculates its impact to the payments of each Land in the fiscal equalization system and presents some possible reaction of the Länder.

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  • Michael Broer, 2008. "Wirkung einer Feiertagsbereinigung des Länderfinanzausgleichs: eine empirische Analyse des deutschen Finanzausgleichs," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 769, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
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    1. Homburg, Stefan, 1994. "Anreizwirkungen des deutschen Finanzausgleichs," EconStor Open Access Articles, ZBW - German National Library of Economics, pages 312-330..
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    1. Boysen-Hogrefe, Jens, 2017. "Steigende Grunderwerbsteuersätze, Verhaltensreaktionen und der Länderfinanzausgleich," Kiel Working Papers 2069, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
    2. Fichte, Damian, 2013. "Grunderwerbsteuer und Länderfinanzausgleich: Anreize für Steuererhöhungen beseitigen," DSi kompakt 2, DSi - Deutsches Steuerzahlerinstitut des Bundes der Steuerzahler e.V., Berlin.

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    Keywords

    tax autonomy; fiscal equalization; number of holidays in each State; micro simulation;

    JEL classification:

    • H70 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - General
    • H71 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism

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