Escape From Tax Hell

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TAXES AT WORK: This subsidized gas station for Bavarian bureaucrats loses €40,000 a year.

In principle, Helga Moser doesn't have anything against paying taxes. Like all Germans, the 49-year-old Bonn medical technician has long enjoyed a generous cradle-to-grave welfare system, including a free education and good health care, clean streets, cheap public transport and the reassuring knowledge that she'll get a guaranteed pension when she retires.