posted on Aug, 2 2012 @ 08:06 AM
reply to post by octotom
Just a minor correction: you only have to pay the church tax if you're a member of a state church. My sister- and brother-in-law send their kid to
a church kindergarten and they're not members of the state church. (He was in fact the pastor of a free church for a little while!)
Absolutely. Actually what I meant is that as Germany lacks kindergartens, most people apply their kids to kindergarten as soon as the woman gets
Among those few kindergartens, many are christian. And if you do not pay your tax to the same church as these kindergartens, then you will probably be
on the waiting list, position 3,500.
Your sister- and brother-in-laws are pretty lucky I think.
I know of some couples who changed their religion (from catholicism to protestantism, or the opposite, forgot), to make sure their child could have a
place in kindergarten if necessary!
Another point, once you pay your tax to the church, it is not easy to stop.
A friend of mine was paying taxes to a church (I believe it was in the range of 2,000€ a year (2,500$)), he then decided to stop, as he is not
religious at all, plus 2k€ is a lot of money.
He had to write a letter describing his reasons to "quit" the church, even had an interview with a guy from the church!