What is basic inheritance?

We call basic inheritance a one-time seed capital that should be available to every citizen - regardless of his/her origin and practically unconditional.

The foundation will start, and in the next years, it will raffle 10 basic inheritance at 15.000 € annually.

The basic inheritance can be used for education or a start-up, for buying apartments or building housescapital investment or private old-age provision. The purpose of the basic inheritance is to level economic chances at the start of young adults and to stimulate personal empowerment - not only in economic terms.

 

The current state of our (German) law of succession:

The family or legal inheritance law:

exists!

According to a legally determined distribution key, a deceased person's assets are transferred to the physically related relatives.

The right to make a will:

exists!

Before his/her death, the testator decides who will own his/her estate later.

The basic inheritance law:

MISSING!

It's inclusion to the inheritance law is urgently required to provide all those who do not have wealthy parents or patrons with minimum seed capital for their lives. This is half of the population.


Our concrete proposal for basic inheritance in Germany.

20.000 € for the 30th birthday

Every citizen can take up the basic inheritance once in a lifetime at the age of 30. It is paid from a fund fed by a small levy on larger inheritances. Only about 5 % of the annual inherited estate will be required to finance the basic inheritance fund.

 

Autonomous, independent use

The person entitled to basic inheritance chooses an asset on the free market, which is then paid out of the basic inheritance fund. He/she must keep this property for three years after which he/she is entirely unrestraint in using it. If the money is to be used for training before 30, the basic inheritance can be used earlier.

 

Rich heirs pay back their basic inheritance

In principle, anyone who has not yet inherited or received major gifts by the age of 30, is entitled to a basic inheritance. If someone inherits private assets later, he/she pays the basic inheritance back into the fund. However, he/she only repays a maximum of 20 % of those privately inherited assets. This means that he/she must only fully refund the basic inheritance if later inheritance amounts 100,000 € or more.

 

The clear advantages:

Promotion of equal opportunities

More financial equality at the start, more fairness and more solidarity in the population.

No additional tax burden for the citizen

The basic inheritance is financed solely through moderate levies on rich inheritances.

Strengthening the economy

The basic inheritance supports everyone in implementing their ideas.

Promotion of economic education

The basic inheritance will stimulate the entire educational system to sensitise the youth for the handling of capital.

Encouraging personal responsibility

You decide for yourself how to use it.

Videos on this topic

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The basic inheritance on "ARTE"

A minor mistake in the video: The basic inheritance requires 5 % of the annual estate, but not everyone has to give 5 %. There could be high tax allowances, e.g. 400.000 €.

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ARD special "Extra3"

Tough luck: "Life is unfair..." and, as everyone knows: "... Money isn't for all!"

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ARD: "How solidary is Germany?"

At a birthday party, 10 children reenact wealth distribution in Germany. Brutal, macabre, real.