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Generic Tax Name Personal income tax - Church tax
Tax name in the national language Kirkeskat
Tax name in English Church tax
Member State DK-Denmark
Tax in force since 1920/01/01
If abolished, date on which the tax ceases to apply
Business version date 2015/01/01
Version date 2015/02/17
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Type of tax
Direct taxes Personal income tax
Corporate income tax
Other

Indirect taxes VAT
Excise duty (EU harmonised)
Alcoholic beverages
Energy products and electricity
Manufactured tobacco
Other

Social security contribution Employers
Employees
Other
 
Legal base

Statutory Notice No 725 of 26 June 2006. https://www.retsinformation.dk/Forms/R0710.aspx?id=10300

 
Who sets
The tax rate is set by




The tax base is set by




The reliefs are set by




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Beneficiary





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Geographical Scope

 
Taxpayers
Domestic-source income of non-residents is Taxed
Not Taxed
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Employment incomes of married couples are Taxed jointly
Taxed separately
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The members of the Established Church of Denmark.

 
Tax object and basis of assessment
As general rule, taxable income under personal income tax includes























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Income considered Domestic income
Worldwide income (subject to double-tax relief)
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Benefits in kind
The following benefits in kind are usually (partially or fully) taxable












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The taxable income for State income tax with a certain difference with regard to the personal allowance.

 
Deductions, Allowances, Credits, Exemptions
Deduction for professional expenses.
The deduction is:





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Deductions from the tax base
The following items are usually (partially or fully) deductible

















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Allowances
The basic yearly allowance for an individual amounts to:
The basic yearly allowance for a couple amounts to:
Additional allowance for 1st child
Additional allowance for 2nd child
Additional allowance for 3rd child
Additional allowance for additional child
Additional allowance for old age dependents
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Credits
The basic yearly credit for an individual amounts to:
The basic yearly credit for a couple amounts to:
Additional credit for 1st child
Additional credit for 2nd child
Additional credit for 3rd child
Additional credit for additional child
Additional credit for old age dependents
There are tax credits for:

















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Losses
Losses can be
Carried-forward for Indefinite
 Years
Carried-back for Indefinite
 Years
Transferred to spouse or partner
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Exemptions
The following income is exempted from income tax























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Deductions:

The tax liability is reduced by a percentage (equal to the tax rate) of a personal allowance. In 2015 the personal allowance is DKK 43,400.

 
Rate(s) Structure
The following personal income tax rates apply to aggregate annual income (allowances not included)
Bracket 1 From   EUR/Natcur
To   EUR/Natcur
Rate:
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Regional taxes
Regional taxes are (rate in capital region) A lump-sum amount:
A percentage of income:
A tax surcharge:
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Local/municipal taxes
Local taxes are (rate in capital city) A lump-sum amount:
A percentage of income:
A tax surcharge:
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Special surcharges
There are special surcharges in the form of:
Surcharge 1 : Name:
A lump-sum amount:
A percentage of income:
A tax surcharge:
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Separate taxation
Separate taxation applies to the following items: Employment income
Income from business or self-employed activities
Income from sport and entertainment activities
Benefits in kind (company car, meal cheques, etc)
Pension income
Owner-occupied immovable property
Dividends
Interests from government bonds
Interests from corporate bonds
Interests from special saving accounts
Interests from deposits
Royalties
Income from renting immovable property
Income from renting movable property
Capital gains on immovable property
Capital gains on movable property
Inheritance
Annuities from life insurance
Prizes and awards
Scholarships
Income from occasional activities
Revenues from donations and gifts
Revenues from lotteries and games activities
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Withholding taxes
The tax is withheld when paid to residents on: Dividends:
Final Creditable
Interests from governments bonds:
Final Creditable
Interests from corporate bonds:
Final Creditable
Interests from special saving accounts:
Final Creditable
Interests from deposits:
Final Creditable
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The rate varies in the different municipalities. The average rate is 0.709 per cent in 2015 of the total tax base, thus including non members of the church. When looking only at members of the church, the average rate is 0.878 per cent.

 
Tax due date

 
Tax collector

Collection takes place jointly with municipal income tax.

 
Special features

Beneficiaries of the tax are the churches in each municipality.

 
Economic function







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Environmental taxes



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Tax revenue
ESA95 code d51ad

Year
Annual tax revenue (millions)
Currency
Tax revenue as % of GDP
Tax revenue as % of total tax revenue
2012 5,898.75 DKK 0.31
2011 5,727.93 DKK 0.31
2010 5,616.68 DKK 0.31
2009 5,172.60 DKK 0.30
2008 5,264.21 DKK 0.29
2007 5,249.14 DKK 0.30
2006 5,233.08 DKK 0.31
2005 4,981.70 DKK 0.31
2004 4,724.40 DKK 0.31
2003 4,612.10 DKK 0.32
2002 4,535.50 DKK 0.32
2001 4,404.00 DKK 0.32
2000 4,179.30 DKK 0.32

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