- It is the churches in Germany financially for the wind. The Catholic and the Lutheran church took last year a record amount of taxes on their members together nearly 11.5 billion euros. That made the German statistical office Wednesday publicized.
Catholic supporters contributed more than 6 billion off the Lutheran nearly 5.4 billion. In 2014, the combined yield was almost 11 billion less. The ecclesiastical income grew despite declining membership figures.
The contributions to pay the (acting) church members are legally established in Germany and are between 8 and 9 per cent of the wage and income tax. The money is collected by the government are relaying it then to the churches. The tax accounts for about three quarters of the ecclesiastical revenues.
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Church tax exists except in Germany also include Switzerland, Austria, Denmark and Sweden.