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Generally speaking, taxes can only be established by Parliament through legislation. The council tax was implemented in the Local Government Finance Act 1992, and so it would take Parliament to amend or replace this act for the current system to change. Note that any scheme linked to the price of property - which is the case both now, and in the system ...


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There are already many good answers here, but I wanted to directly address the question in the title, since that may indeed seem surprising to someone who is used to a more centralized, top-down form of government. Why are German local authorities taxing DoD employees, despite the protests of the US and of the German federal government? The municipal and ...


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The federal tax office in Germany is independent, not even the Kanzler can do something about it. Everyone who has his place of abode ("Wohnsitz") in germany have to pay taxes and the German federal tax office or better saying all tax offices in Germany are really strict about enforcing law (They're notorious for that in Germany). The place of ...


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Germany is a federal state, and it is thus expected that policies and political goals of the federal government and of the state governments will not always align. The US currently exhibits plenty of examples where to say that the federal government would be "annoyed" by actions of the states would be severe understatement. Kaiserslautern, which ...


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The literal answer to the question So why are the local/land tax authorities going after the US DoD personnel on this issue, when it is clearly annoying the federal government of Germany? is "because Germany is a federal republic and local tax authorities do not take orders from the federal government", which is an idea that in some way should ...


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