Solidarity surcharge

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Government statement on the budget situation “We will not leave anyone to fend for themselves”

Federal Chancellor Scholz pledged that the state would keep its promises made to the citizens. “We will not leave anyone to fend for themselves when it comes to the various severe challenges we are currently faced with,” said Scholz in his government statement in the Bundestag. He also announced that the efforts to modernise Germany would continue.

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The solidarity surcharge (Solidaritätszuschlag) is a surcharge on income tax and corporation tax, introduced to meet the costs of German unification. The surcharge is currently 5.5 percent.