I've seen other sources that say the Church Tax is 8 or 9% of the taxpayer's income tax, so up to 4.05% of income.
The amount is 8-percent of your yearly income tax. If you make around 32,000 Euro (the working class average), which is about 38,000 dollars....you can figure your income tax is in the ballpark (assuming you are married and have at least one kid) of six thousand Euro.
Don’t forget, you are also paying into the pension tax, and the public health care program as well.
So from the 6,000....you multiple it by 8-percent and come to 480 Euro a year for the church. This equals roughly 40 Euro ($50) a month.
What you get from the deal? If you want a church wedding or a church funeral, or a kid’s confirmation episode...then it’s covered in the local town church. The main complaint by folks is that they don’t attend but maybe two or three times a year, and they don’t think the money is being wisely used.
The general strategy is that you keep paying into the ‘pot’ until you are married, and the kids are finished on confirmation classes, then you quit. That way, you get full use of the church for practical purposes. Once you pass on, the village or town will have a multi-use chapel at the burial yard which is used for funerals (for a fee).
You can look over at the Catholic Church with it’s abuse accusations, and the scandals involving renovation of property....then look at the Lutheran Church folks with the migration and immigration support. Both have wasted resources and trust.