The Munich-based daily Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) and public broadcasters NDR and WDR reported Thursday that the haul of €140 million ($171 million) in fines and tax arrears was made in some of Germany’s 16 states.
Revenue authorities in the most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), gleaned €100 million in fines from banks and financial institutes for complicity in tax evasion. A further €17.5 million resulted from reclaimed taxes.
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The neighboring state of Rheinland-Palatinate gathered an extra €16.5 million, making it the second-highest German haul. Its Social Democrat (SPD) finance minister, Doris Ahnen, said evasion rattled “the foundations of tax fairness.”
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Investigations ‘bearing fruit’
Hamburg city state’s finance senator told NDR that unpaid taxes worth €1 million had been netted. That was an early sign, he said, that “these investigations are bearing fruit.”
One case before the Hamburg Regional Court had resulted in