11-12-2018 07:31 PM CET - Politics, Law & Society

Co-heir Means Co-debtor in Taxation – Even if Unaware

Press release from: Lawyer Alexander von Engelhardt
Co-heir Means Co-debtor in Taxation – Even if Unaware
Co-heir Means Co-debtor in Taxation – Even if Unaware

The Federal Tax Court had to decide on August 29, 2017 (re VIII R 32/15) on a dispute among heirs of a large estate where everyone played a different role when it came to avoiding / creating tax liabilities.

Joint Heirs Receiving an Estate not Knowing the Contents
The beneficiaries of an estate not only receive all claims and liabilities per civil law but also inherit the tax status of the bequeathed. Some heirs might be interested in what is in the estate while others do not care. Some heirs were in close relationship to the testator and others were more distant. Some heirs assume that because they have no knowledge of what has happened, they will not be responsible, while the informed beneficiary will think “I didn’t do it; I’m innocent.”

To find out how the court ruled, please read my article:


About Alexander von Engelhardt
Alexander von Engelhardt is a lawyer specializing in German immigration and corporation law. He has dual citizenship (German and American) and was born in New York. He currently works and resides in Berlin, Germany. He serves his clients in English or German and offers solutions for business immigration and easy company formation. Next to his legal work Alexander also enjoys writing about legal terms and new developments in the world of law. He sends out a monthly newsletter and provides information on important topics like taxes, immigration and company law for expats living and working in Germany.

Alexander von Engelhardt
Hardenbergstr. 12
10623 Berlin, Germany
phone: +49 30 51300026
Email: ahoi@vonengelhardt.com

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