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Alex Mengden Tax Foundation
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Alex Mengden

Global Policy Analyst

Alex Mengden is a Policy Analyst at the Tax Foundation, where he focuses on international tax issues and tax policy in Europe. He holds a BA in philosophy and economics from the University of Bayreuth and an MSc in economics from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

Prior to joining the Tax Foundation, Alex tutored classes in public finance for undergraduate students at LMU Munich. He also worked on economic policy research for IREF Europe and previously interned at the Cato Institute, ifo Institute, and the Institute of Economic Affairs.

He currently lives in Munich, Germany, and spends his free time cooking, reading, and enjoying the outdoors.

Latest Work

Inflation and high interest rates affect business investment with long depreciation schedules capital allowances and capital cost recovery across the oecd 2024

Capital Cost Recovery across the OECD, 2024

To recover from the pandemic and put the global economy on a trajectory for growth, policymakers need to aim for more generous and permanent capital allowances. This will spur real investment and can also contribute to more environmentally friendly production across the globe.

31 min read

A Journey Through Germany’s Tax Laws

Get ready to hit the autobahn and explore the world of German taxes! We’ll navigate the complexities of Germany’s tax structure.

Germany trade tax rates

Trade Tax Rates in Germany

Varying local trade tax rates impact business investment and local government revenue across Germany’s municipalities.

4 min read
Portugal property tax reform and Portugal transfer tax reform

Property and Transfer Tax: If It Moves, Stop Taxing It.

Portugal’s turnover tax on real property transfers places a serious drag on economic growth by making it harder for people to relocate for better jobs and living conditions while constraining investment into the development of housing and buildings.

5 min read
2024 Capital Gains Tax Rates in Europe, Capital Gains Tax Rates by Country Data

Capital Gains Tax Rates in Europe, 2024

In many European countries, investment income, such as dividends and capital gains, is taxed at a different rate than wage income.

2 min read
2024 Top Personal Income Tax Rates in Europe

Top Personal Income Tax Rates in Europe, 2024

Denmark (55.9 percent), France (55.4 percent), and Austria (55 percent) have the highest top statutory personal income tax rates among European OECD countries.

3 min read
Portugal VAT tax reform options

Mind the Gap, Please! How Portugal Could Reform Its VAT System

Portugal’s value-added tax (VAT) policy is a treasure trove of tax oddities. Thankfully, VAT base broadening is an ideal instrument to give the Portuguese government the fiscal room to implement pro-growth tax reforms

5 min read
2024 VAT rates in Europe, including value-added tax or 2024 EU VAT rates data

VAT Rates in Europe, 2024

A few European countries have made changes to their VAT rates, including the Czech Republic, Estonia, Switzerland, and Turkey.

3 min read