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Ministry: No plans for higher VAT or repayment of soli-degradation
BMinister of Finance, Olaf Scholz (SPD) is considering, according to a 'Mirror' report, that contributions to the old-age provision and taxes must be increased to stabilize the pension levels. On the other hand, he rejects a higher retirement age, the magazine reported Friday in advance from his new edition. Taxes would have to be increased to finance the rising pension subsidy of the federal treasury, writes the 'Spiegel & # 39 ;, in which ministries are mentioned.
There were already concrete proposals in the Ministry of Finance. The already decided reduction of the solidarity allowance could therefore be reversed. According to the report, this money can end up in the pension system from 2025 onwards. According to the considerations, higher VAT is also conceivable, continues the magazine. Each percentage point also brings the treasury up to 12 billion euros in extra income.
A speaker from the Federal Ministry of Finance rejected the report. He said on request on Friday: "There are no calculations about the Minister's thoughts and there are no plans to shorten the reduction of the solidarity allowance or increase VAT."
Scholz said last weekend in an interview that the current level of pensions by 2040 should be fixed at about 48 percent. Otherwise he threatened with a pension campaign. Up to now, a pension guarantee is only foreseen until 2025, after which the pension committee will prepare proposals.