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German SMEs may lose billions if court rules against estate tax benefits

Published Tue, Dec 16, 2014 · 09:50 PM

Berlin

GERMAN business owners warned they may be forced to slash investments and even sell holdings if they lose a privilege that has allowed them to avoid billions in taxes.

The country's constitutional court will decide on Wednesday whether families can continue to transfer companies from one generation to the next without having to pay estate tax.

The ruling is being watched with dread by political and business l…

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