Albert Füracker announces that Bavaria intends to take the dispute over inheritance tax to the Federal Constitutional Court. This was announced by Bavaria’s finance minister on Bayrischer Rundfunk. We do not want taxes to be increased through the back door.

In the dispute over inheritance tax, the Bavarian state government wants to go before the Federal Constitutional Court. Finance Minister Albert Füracker (CSU) confirmed this on Bavarian Radio. The minister emphasized in the BR24 “topic of the day” that Bavaria has been fighting for a long time to ensure that the allowances for inheritance tax are regionalized – i.e. adapted to the situation on the respective real estate market.

He is very surprised that the other federal states are not going along with this, says Füracker: “And that’s why: If nothing helps, if nobody wants to support us, then we will file a complaint with the Federal Constitutional Court. We are preparing that at the moment.”

The Bavarian finance minister stressed that they did not want taxes to be increased through the back door. But apparently the SPD in the federal government is planning exactly that: “There will certainly be no reduction in inheritance tax considered”. In his words, it would be “a matter of fairness” to ensure that the heirs of real estate are not overburdened when it comes to inheritance tax: “We are seeing young families having to sell the houses they inherited because they themselves cannot move in because I think the house is too far away and then it has to be sold. It’s definitely not social.”

Füracker admitted that there are also locations in Bavaria “that have not become so expensive”, while others are much more expensive and you have to react to them individually. The inheritance tax is a state tax, but the federal government must make the law, said Füracker. – Since January 1st of this year, inherited properties have been revalued for tax purposes. In Bavaria, where real estate prices have risen sharply in many places, there is usually significantly more inheritance tax. Critics therefore speak of a creeping expropriation.