Stars and Stripes stripes.com 12 Jan, 2021 12:45 am

German lawmaker raises objections over attempts to tax US forces

German lawmaker raises objections over attempts to tax US forces
A key German lawmaker says it is “legally problematic” for local authorities to levy tax bills on U.S. forces and that Berlin must end double income taxation, which has financially devastated some military families.

The tax levies have upended long-standing interpretations of the NATO Status of Forces Agreement and resulted in tax bills that have reached six figure sums for some in the military community.BRIAN FERGUSON/STARS AND STRIPES STUTTGART, Germany — A key German lawmaker says it is “legally problematic” for local authorities to levy tax bills on U.Benefits such as housing allowances and exchange privileges also have been factored into German tax bills.authorities need to coordinate efforts “so that cases of double taxation can be excluded in the future.

” “I do not see double taxation as justified and it is also legally problematic,” said Schaefer, who serves on the federal parliament's defense committee.authorities need to coordinate efforts so that cases of double taxation on U.

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