Ministry of Finance of Germany

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Federal Ministry of Finance
Bundesministerium der Finanzen
Bundesadler Bundesorgane.svg
Agency overview
Formed 1880 as the "Reichsschatzamt"
Jurisdiction Government of Germany
Headquarters Berlin
Minister responsible Wolfgang Schäuble,
Bundesminister der Finanzen
Website
bundesfinanzministerium.de

The Federal Ministry of Finance (German: Bundesministerium der Finanzen) (BMF) is a ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany. It is based in Berlin and Bonn. It is led by the Minister of Finance, whose office is in the Detlev-Rohwedder House in Wilhelmstraße, Berlin. This was the old Reich Air Ministry Building. The ministry is supported by a scientific advisory board.

Responsibility[change | change source]

The ministry works out how much the government can spend each year, and how to raise that money, in income tax and other taxes.

To help it do this, the ministry controls :

Federal Ministers of Finance since, 1949[change | change source]

Ministers of Finance
No Name (life data.) Term Start Term end Party
1 Fritz Schäffer (1888-1967) 20 September 1949 29 October 1957 CSU
2 Franz Etzel (1902-1970) 29 October 1957 14 November 1961 CDU
3 Heinz Starke (1911-2001) 14 November 1961 19 November 1962 FDP
4 Rolf Dahlgrün (1908-1969) 13 December 1962 28 October 1966 FDP
5 Kurt Schmücker - 8 November 1966 30 November 1966 CDU
6 Franz Josef Strauß (1915-1988) 2 December 1966 20 October 1969 CSU
7 Alexander Möller (1903-1985) 22 October 1969 13 May 1971 SPD
8 Karl Schiller (1911-1994) 13 May 1971 7 July 1972 SPD
9 Helmut Schmidt (* 1918) 7 July 1972 15 May 1974 SPD
10 Hans Apel (* 1932) 16 May 1974 15 February 1978 SPD
11 Hans Matthöfer (* 1925) 16 February 1978 28 April 1982 SPD
12 Manfred Lahnstein (* 1937) 28 April 1982 4 October 1982 SPD
13 Gerhard Stoltenberg (1928-2001) 4 October 1982 21 April 1989 CDU
14 Theodor Waigel (* 1939) 21 April 1989 27 October 1998 CSU
15 Oskar Lafontaine (* 1943) 27 October 1998 18 March 1999 SPD
16 Hans Eichel (* 1941) 12 April 1999 22 November 2005 SPD
17 Peer Steinbrück (* 1947) 22 November 2005 27 October 2009 SPD
18 Wolfgang Schäuble (* 1942) 28 October 2009 incumbent CDU

Between, 1990 and, 1993, the senior civil servant||(German: Beamtete Staatssekretäre) was Horst Köhler||(CDU) who went on to become Federal President in, 2004.