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German officials want to clamp down on amnesty for tax dodgers

Published on Mar 17, 2014 12:15 AM

BERLIN (REUTERS) - Senior German lawmakers on Sunday called for tougher rules to make it harder for tax cheats to claim amnesty by turning themselves in, days after soccer manager Uli Hoeness was sentenced for three and a half years in prison for tax evasion.

Recent news that Hoeness and other prominent Germans such as feminist activist Alice Schwarzer hoarded cash in secret bank accounts for years, have prompted calls for Chancellor Angela Merkel's government to clamp down on tax dodging.

"Together with the federal states we want to tighten the conditions for amnesty further," German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

The finance ministers of Germany's federal states demanded earlier this month that fines for tax evasion be doubled.

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