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The German 1997 Annual Tax Act

The German 1997 Annual Tax Act (Jahressteuergesetz 1997) was enacted into law in December of 1996 and has since entered into force. Most, but not all, of its provisions take effect on 1 January 1997. Please note that this article is one of a 14-part set of articles describing the 1997 Annual Tax Act.


Section 18 par. 4 UmwStG stated in its previous form that gain on the sale or liquidation of the business of a partnership or of an individual was subject to trade tax if the event occurs within five years of a (tax free) reorganisation involving the transfer of property from a corporation to the partnership or to the individual or involving a change in legal form from a corporation or a cooperative into a partnership. The provision has now been modified to provide that the same applies if merely a branch of activity (Teilbetrieb) of the partnership or individual is sold or liquidated within the five-year period. Furthermore, when a partnership is the receiving or emerging entity, the gain on sale or surrender of an interest in the partnership within five years will also be subject to trade tax.

Concerning the change in sec. 21 par. 2 sent 1 no. 3 UmwStG involving distributions from EK 04 with respect to so-called contribution-generated shares, we refer to section 1.7 in article no.1 (Income Tax) of this set of articles.

This article is one of a 14-part set of articles entitled "The German 1997 Annual Tax Act" in which we have endeavoured to provide a useful overview of what we consider to be the major changes made in the German laws by the 1997 Annual Tax Act and, more selectively, by other recent legislation. To access the other articles in the set please enter 'The German 1997 Annual Tax Act', 'KPMG Tax Advisers' and 'Business Monitor'. We are of course at your disposal to discuss in depth the ramifications of new provisions which are of particular interest to you.

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