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Taxing pensions and retirement benefits in Germany

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  • Börsch-Supan, Axel
  • Quinn, Christopher

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The paper motivates and describes the tax treatment of German retirement benefits and pensions after the 2005 reform initiated by the German Federal Constitutional Court. The main question is whether this reform has produced a “level playing field†among the many instruments generating retirement income in Germany. The paper briefly outlines rational principles for the taxation of retirement benefits and pensions and compares these with current practice in Germany and abroad.

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  • Börsch-Supan, Axel & Quinn, Christopher, 2015. "Taxing pensions and retirement benefits in Germany," MEA discussion paper series 201510, Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA) at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy.
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    2. Axel H. Börsch-Supan & Johannes Rausch & Nicolas Goll, 2020. "Social Security Reforms and the Changing Retirement Behavior in Germany," NBER Working Papers 27518, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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