Adolf Hitler spent years evading taxes and owed German authorities 405,000 Reichsmarks, equivalent to $8 million today. Soon after he took power, he was declared free of tax obligations.

Hitler dodged taxes, expert finds

Adolf Hitler spent years dodging taxes, accumulating enormous debts as he led his Nazi party to power, a German tax expert has revealed.

He owed the authorities 405,500 Reichsmarks (6m euros; £4m in today’s money) by 1934, when as German chancellor his debts were forgiven.

A retired Bavarian notary, Klaus-Dieter Dubon, found Hitler’s tax secrets in papers from the Bavarian State Archive.

“He was constantly challenging tax office rulings,” Mr Dubon told Reuters.

The tax office inquired how Hitler had obtained funds to buy a luxury Mercedes car while he was in prison following his abortive 1923 coup attempt.

Hitler replied that he had received a bank loan and the car “is for me just a means to an end”.

After his releas…
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