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.
Could there be a positive side to the nerve-wracking task of submitting your taxes? According to Germany's Federal Statistical Office, 9 of 10 taxpayers receive an average refund of €900 each year. Enough an incentive?
Plastic bags have become a symbol of the waste problem. Not only do they clog our oceans and waterways, they also foul cities and neighborhoods. In Africa, more than 30 countries have either completely or partially banned lightweight plastic bags, or charge taxes on them. Is it working? Isaac Mugabi is a DW journalist who's been following the issue, and he fills us in on the latest.
South Africa needs extra cash as the country is plagued by declining revenues, low growth rates, rising unemployment and a ballooning debt. But instead of hitting embattled South Africans with higher income taxes, the government plans to slash public spending. Some ailing companies, however, will still get a lot of financial help.
Argentina's new leftist government is instituting tax hikes and higher export levies. The measures are President Alberto Fernández‘s attempt to fulfill his voters’ demands for higher social spending and ease the country’s dire financial situation.
Tech giant Apple is appealing a 2016 EU ruling requiring that it pays a record €13 billion in back taxes in Ireland. Apple says the ruling "defies common sense." Unusually, Ireland doesn't want the extra tax revenues.