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"Tax Morality and the Need to...."

Prof. Charles Beat Blankart, Humboldt University - Berlin

"Tax Morality and the Need to......."  


In Germany, people talk about income taxes not only in how they can either be simplified or reformed, but also how they can be evaded. This was especially true in the past few months. The issue of tax evasion has garnered special attention and led to discussions on prevention.  


While the political discussion is about the technical aspects of fixing the system, such as more inspections and interventions as possible solutions; the reasons behind tax evasion are discussed marginally. For just as the state has interest in maintaining its revenue and if possible increasing it, taxpayers also have an interest in protecting their income and assets.  


At a time when many former Soviet Bloc states have successfully established the flat tax, it is necessary that we understand what triggers incentive effects of the tax burden and what individual and economic consequences are triggered by the behavior of the taxpayers. In short, a debate on tax morality cannot be useful or accomplished without the knowledge of the "functioning" of the taxpayers themselves.  


In his lecture "Tax Morality and the Need to....." Prof. Blankart of the Humboldt University in Berlin, gives us his insight on the standards and realities of the German tax system and on the causes of widespread tax evasion in Germany.  


I would be happy if you could attend on Friday, June 13, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. at:  


Haus der Zukunft Berlin e.V.  

Albrechtstraße No 11  

(schräg gegenüber der „Ständigen Vertretung")  

10117 Berlin.  




Yours sincerely,  




Wolfgang Mueller  

Managing Director  


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Friedrich August von Hayek (1899-1992)

"Economic control is not merely control of a sector of human life, which can be separated from the rest; it is the control of the means for all our ends. And whoever has control of the means must also determine which ends are to be served, which values are to be rated higher and which lower, in short, what men should believe and strive for."

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