Paying taxes is considered to be a civic duty, and yet we often hear people moan and groan about these regular deductions - all the more so since not all forms of taxation seem to make economic sense.
And sometimes, it's tax breaks offered to some that others view as a grave injustice, because they themselves do not get the same preferential deal. This page collates recent DW content on the topic.
The US government wants to give a boost to the economy and create new jobs by lowering the tax rate for businesses from 35 to 15 percent. Mnuchin expects the cut to bring economic growth of 3 percent. That could compensate for losses in tax revenue. But analysts are doubtful. Past efforts to slash taxes have often resulted in a larger deficit.
Germany's left-wing party has vowed to pursue a higher minimum wage, raise corporate taxes and protect refugees. The Left also tried to distance itself from the SPD while holding out for the possibility of a coalition.