Bund der Steuerzahler e.V.

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Bund der Steuerzahler e.V.
founded in the year 1949
acronym BdST
City Berlin
Country Germany
Website http://www.steuerzahler.de/
Legal form Registered society
address Französische Str. 9-12, 10117 Berlin
founder Karl Bräuer, Hermann Wunderlich, Heinrich E. Kunze
Virtual Networks A "Virtual Network" is a group of Think Tanks identified by certain semantic and normative (ideological) commonalities (e.g. climate change scepticism). Such a virtual network constitutes a research field that differs from the study of formal networks. Formal networks are real in the sense of officially acknowledged and immediately open to empirical validation. Virtual networks on the other hand display shared ideas. Social network analysis tools can be applied to find out if or to what extent virtual networks are real networks that display linkages (membership in networks, personnel, resources etc.). Unconnected think tanks in turn can be considered special cases in need of explanation independent from network structures (unless we have to assume invisible, hidden or covered ties). Austerity politics
Last revision 20.10.2016
Output of Bund der Steuerzahler e.V. 2023
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The following coordinate was not recognized: 52.514462; 13.386979.The following coordinate was not recognized: 52.514462; 13.386979. The BdSt is an austerity-favoring interest group and the largest taxpayers-organization in the world.

Organizational Structure and Funding

The BdSt consists of a nation-wide head and 15 subsidiaries in german federal states.


Französische Str. 9-12, 10117 Berlin


Executive board

People leading the Think Tank in the day to day business (CEOs, directorates etc.).


People working for the Think Tank (Fellows etc.). This includes also part-time employees.


Experts are not permanently employed at the Think Tank. They are paid for contract research when their expertise is needed. Some Think Tanks call a database of hundred or even more experts their own.

The BdSt is reported to have about 300K members. About 60 percent of its members arise from large business and German 'mittelstand' (small and medium sized enterprises).

Working mode, goals

The BdSt conceives itself as a representation for ordinary taxpayers. It aims for a structural sovereign debt reduction through cost-cutting in federal bureaucracy and government spending. The BdSt releases an annual black book on wasted taxes.


We used the DGs of the EU to generate a basic list of topics. This list is going to be steadily extended. However we try to preserve a persistent list of topics.

  • Taxation
  • Institutional Reform/Public Services
  • Fiscal Policy
  • Social Policy