Taxing Pensions and Retirement Benefits in Germany

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Axel H. Börsch-Supan

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA)

Christopher Quinn

University of Bayreuth

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Date Written: December 07, 2015

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Börsch-Supan, Axel H. and Quinn, Christopher, Taxing Pensions and Retirement Benefits in Germany (December 07, 2015). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 5636. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2717387

Axel H. Börsch-Supan (Contact Author)

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Christopher Quinn

University of Bayreuth ( email )

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Bayreuth, D-95447
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