The gap between rich and poor threatens to widen further. Here is what you should know about it - and what helps against it.
A wealth tax? A higher inheritance tax? Or a starting capital for young people? Here you can calculate if and what would really change in the distribution of wealth in Germany.
Rich versus poor - the wealth-simulator
Choose one measure - and compare whether and by how much it would break the trend of rising inequality.
Flat tax on inheritances from adult children and stepchildren above a tax-free threshold of EUR 500,000; elimination of current exemptions not taken into account.
Annual tax- and duty-free payment to all citizens from the income of a state fund.
Annual tax levied on assets in excess of 1 million euros.
Paid out as a basic inheritance to all 20-year-olds in a given year. Use tied to specific purposes such as retirement provision, acquisition of property assets, education financing.
Withholding tax on capital income without assessment option with an allowance of 1000 euros (801 euros until 2023).
Upper middle class
* Increasing inequality due to demographic trends, etc.
Data basis: SOEPv37. Calculations by DIW Berlin.
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ReBalance is a project of the Forum New Economy.
There are new findings about the gap between rich and poor all the time. Here you can read what is new and important.
What would happen if? The instruments in detail.
Everything about the methodology and assumptions behind the simulation. The page for technicians.