Archive 2018

Munich, 2018-12-12

Brexit hardships for German companies

The German government has reacted to warnings from the Foundation for Family Businesses. The Brexit-related accompanying draft law on taxes now also addresses exit taxation that might be imposed on owners of German family-owned businesses who live in Great Britain. Just before the council session on the draft, the German newspaper “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung“ published an editorial on the topic by Prof. Rainer Kirchdörfer, Executive Board member of the Foundation for Family Businesses.

Munich, 2018-09-17

German family businesses expect competitive disadvantages in tax competition

Der internationale Steuerwettbewerb aus Unternehmenssicht -  Jahresmonitor der Stiftung Familienunternehmen

In view of declining corporate tax rates around the world, German companies fear considerable competitive disadvantages. This situation heightens the pressure on the German federal government to initiate a business tax reform, according to a conclusion drawn by the Annual Monitor of the Foundation for Family Businesses. The 1,250 companies surveyed for the Monitor make this the largest survey on international tax competition, carried out by the ifo Institute on behalf of the Foundation for Family Businesses.

Munich, 2018-08-13

Study reveals need for corporate taxation reform

Study reveals need for corporate taxation reform

In international competition to attract companies with low taxes, German family businesses could be at a disadvantage. That is the result of a study carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW Mannheim) on behalf of the Foundation for Family Businesses. There are three main reasons for this.

Munich, 2018-07-31

Questions and answers: country-by-country reporting on the internet

Family businesses are the ones that suffer when big corporations with digital business models reduce their tax burdens to a minimum by making systematic use of tax loopholes. That is why it is important to put tax authorities in a position to expose illegal tax practices, while of course maintaining data privacy.

Munich, 2018-07-18

Family-owned companies plan and act for the long term

Family-owned companies make a significant contribution to Germany’s economic strength. 91 percent of all companies in Germany are family-owned, among which include many hidden champions. In this respect, family-owned businesses do not place strategic focus on rapid success on a quarterly basis, but rather on continuous growth and long-lasting stability. Authors Rainer Kirchdörfer, member of the Executive Board of the Foundation, and Stefan Heidbreder, Managing Director of the Foundation, discuss this aspect in a joint article.

Munich, 2018-03-20

Ahead of Brexit: German family businesses need legal certainty

With just one year to go till Brexit, family businesses and their owners still lack certainty regarding the legal consequences of the UK’s departure from the EU. On 22 and 23 March, the European Council wants to set the course for the further negotiations between the European Commission and the British government on the nature of future trade relations between the two sides. At the moment, everything is pointing towards a hard Brexit.

Munich, 2018-03-12

Online publication of business secrets weakens family businesses

The Foundation for Family Businesses opposes mandatory publication of sensitive corporate data. “Publishing business secrets online weakens companies and contributes in no way to fair corporate taxation”, says Prof. Rainer Kirchdörfer, a member of the Executive Board of the Foundation for Family Businesses. Governments should agree with the course embraced by the German Federal Ministry of Finance and forestall the EU’s plans. This finding has been confirmed by a study on country-by-country reporting (CbCR) online, which was conducted on the foundation’s behalf by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW Mannheim).