The SolidaritĂ¤tszuschlag is an additional form of tax that was originally conceived to assist with the re-building of East Germany after re-unification.
It was introduced in 1991 and although there was a break of 2 years in the 1990s, it is still valid today and anyone who pays tax in Germany also pays this Zuschlag on top.
The SolidaritĂ¤tszuschlag is often a point of discussion, especially a to how long we will have to continue paying it – 18 years after re-unification.Â However, at the moment there appear to be no plans to discard it again.
To hear a simple explanation and a short discussion in German, listen to the podcast:
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