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German court says gay couples must have equal inheritance tax rights – from Pink News – all the latest gay news from the gay community – Pink News

November 4, 2010

 

The highest court in Germany has ruled that gay couples must be given equal tax inheritance rights.

The Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe said that gay couples were currently at a marked disadvantage to heterosexual couples.

Germany legalised ‘registered partnerships’ for gay couples in 2001 which offer most of the rights available to straight couples.

The court said that while straight married couples in the most advantageous tax band had to pay between seven and 30 per cent tax, regardless of the amount inherited, couples in registered partnerships had to pay between 17 and 50 per cent tax.

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