Press releases

Berlin, 2016-06-10

The Foundation for Family Businesses: more respect for economic freedom

Prof. Hennerkes at the German Family-Business Day

“The grand coalition is neglecting economic freedom,” said Prof. Brun-Hagen Hennerkes, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Foundation for Family Businesses. Speaking before 400 business owners at the Foundation’s German Family-Business Day in Berlin, Prof. Hennerkes also said that citizens as economic entities were increasingly being treated with blanket suspicion.

Munich, 2016-06-06

Income inequality: decrease during last decade

facts, figures and perceptions

Employment income inequality in Germany has decreased over the last decade. Contrary to what many claim, the gap between rich and poor has not widened. These are the results of a study entitled “Trend in income inequality: facts, figures and perceptions”, carried out by Germany’s Ifo Institute for Economic Research on behalf of the Foundation for Family Businesses. Commenting on the results of the study, Prof. Rainer Kirchdörfer, a member of the foundation’s Executive Board said: “This fact is highly relevant for family-owned businesses.”

Munich, 2016-03-01

Higher tax rates for large family businesses

The ifo Institute, on behalf of the Foundation for Family Businesses, determined the tax contribution of family businesses for the first time. Accordingly, the 500 largest family businesses have had to pay an average of 28 percent income tax on their profit, taking only corporation tax, trade tax and capital gains tax into consideration. For non-family controlled DAX companies, a significantly lower rate of 25 percent can be assumed.