Zündwarensteuer

Zündwarensteuer was a tax in Germany applied to “Zündwaren” – things that can make fire.

The tax was originally introduced in 1909 and applied to matches, but in 1919 it was also extended to lighters.

It was discontinued in 1981.

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Zuckersteuer

This podcast also talks about Pfeffersteuer (pepper tax) and Schokoladensteuer (chocolate tax).

Zuckersteuer was a tax in Germany on sugar.  The tax was originally introduced in Prussia in 1841 – one year after the sugar cube was invented.  Sugar had become more popular in previous years following the introduction of the sugar beet.

The tax was discontinued at the end of 1992.

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Salzsteuer

Salzsteuer was a tax in Germany on salt, specifically on table salt.

Originally salt was considered to be a luxury and hence was taxed.

The tax was discontinued in Germany at the beginning on 1993, in Austria in 1995, but continues to this day in some parts of Switzerland.

The type of salt that is used to keep roads clear in winter was not taxed. To avoid people buying the “wrong” type of salt and avoiding the tax, the latter was coloured and had a bitter taste added – a process called vergällen.

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Jagdsteuer

Jagdsteuer is a tax that has to be paid in Germany by people who either want to hunt or fish.

It is a tax that is paid locally, and some areas of Germany do not levy it at all.  The level of tax to be paid depends on the annual catch or on other factors such as the area hunted or fished.

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Hundesteuer

Hundesteuer is a tax that is paid by dog owners, similar to a dog license in other countries.

In the 19th Century the German state considered it a luxury for a private person to have a dog, hence the tax.

There are however exceptions, eg. for guard dogs – as long as these are owned by a company.

Dogs that are particularly dangerous often pay a higher rate of tax, whereas guide dogs pay less tax in some areas of Germany.

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