German tax take up 10 percent year-on-year in May as economy booms

BERLIN — An improving jobs market powered by buoyant economic growth helped Germany’s tax take rise 10.1 percent higher in May from a year earlier, the Finance Ministry said Monday.

News of the swelling government coffers comes as the junior party in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has revived calls for tax cuts, which has been divisive issue in the governing coalition.

A key impetus behind the buoyant tax receipts, which totalled €42 billion ($60 billion), was a hefty 16.3 percent increase in income tax revenues, which were bolstered by more people in employment and the migration of many back to full-time work as the recovery from recession has taken root.