Or brain farts, for that matter.
Some dope of a politician – miffed at not getting a seat in church on high days and holidays – reckons that only people who pay church tax should be allowed into church at Christmas or Easter.
You pay church tax in Germany – 9% on top of your income tax.
Unless you opt out, which means that you don’t get to marry in church and stuff like that.
Or never opt in.
Which is my status.
It happpened like this.
When I first came to Germany, the guys in the office helped me fill out the piles of documents that you need if you want to live here – applications for health insurance, registering with the local authority, sourcing health certificates, stuff like that.
The health certificate wasn’t a worry. Someone typed one out on the office typewriter on company letterhead, someone else magically became a doctor and signed it and someone else had a quck sex-change and witnessed it as a nurse.
And then someone said “Look – this church tax business. It’s cheaper if you put “Nein” in this box”
So I put “Nein” in that box, which means
a) I’ve saved a chuck of money over the years
b) if this Politician Johnny gets his way, I won’t be able to toddle along with Ms. jb at Chreaster.
Now, I have no idea if this Politician Johnny’s given much thought to the PROCESS.
Do you flash your tax return at the door on Chistmas Eve or do you get a certificate from the priest when you book your seat?
On second thoughts, he’s probably given it ZERO thought.
If you’re a kiddy (or even a student), you don’t pay tax. And no church tax. Sorry…….
If you’re a pensioner, it’s pretty likely you’re not paying tax either. And no church tax. Sorry……
So the people who DO pay church tax are in the 30 – 60 age group band.
Bugger all of whom you see in church.
So Politician Johnny will pretty much have the place to himself….