German court backs wider commuter tax relief

Constitutional judges say restriction on tax break unlawful, despite environment agency's green concerns

Germany's constitutional court has ruled that restrictions on a tax break for German commuters' travel expenses is unconstitutional, despite concerns from the country's environment agency.

The court ruled that a law passed in 2007 restricting the tax deduction to daily distances above twenty kilometres was in breach of the consitution because its purpose was to plug state budget deficits.  The deduction applies to almost all forms of transport, irrespective of journey costs.

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