ANNOUNCEMENT 05 Dec 2012In December 2012, the government of Germany announced a targeted tax change.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
24th subsidy report by the Finance Ministry, p.179 (in German)
On 5 December 2012, the German government introduced substantial tax reliefs on insurances related to weather conditions in the agricultural sector.
Starting from 2013, farmers will be required to pay a tax of 0.03% instead of the usual 19%. According to the 24th subsidy report by the Finance Ministry, the planned budget for 2013 was 35 million EUR and 40 million EUR for the following year. No endpoint has been set for the tax relief so far.
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