At least from Argentina, German politicians and economists seemed serious people. But, judging by the news that we are going to comment, they have the same hobbies as their colleagues in this part of the world.
Deutsche Bank proposes to put a tax on those who work from home.
The other days I was talking to a personal trainer who lost his job because the gym where he worked had to close due to the extensive quarantine in Argentina. Like so many others found the way out of teaching remotely only that instead of using proprietary solutions like Zoom, he used free software. (As soon as I convince him to give me a report, I publish it)
The point is that He managed to gain his own clientele (before he worked for a salary), many of whom told him that this methodology is much more useful than having to go to the gym.
As the, many people found that working from home using technology was much more efficient than having to commute to the workplace every working day. But, it seems that not everyone is satisfied with the change.
From the comfortable pot of yogurt they live in, the strategists at Deutsche Bank's research division They believe that anyone who decides to work from home after the pandemic should pay for this privilege.
Your proposal includes a 5% tax for those who work "voluntarily" from home. I put the quotation marks in voluntarily because they understand it when there is no obligation imposed by the State as during the pandemic.
The idea of there are people who work from home as a freelancer because they cannot find another type of job, it does not seem that it has occurred to them.
They estimate that this measure could generate a collection of 48 billion dollars a year in the US and around 16 billion euros in Germany. This could finance subsidies for low-income and essential workers who cannot work from home.
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Why do you propose to put a tax on work from home?
According to strategists at Deutsche Bank tworking from home saves money on commuting, lunch and social life - it also offers greater job security and flexibility. However, people who work from home contribute less to the infrastructure of the economy and thus may prolong the decline in growth rates.
I confess that I got lost here. I understand the displacement thing. But, people who work from home continue to eat and, unless they are columnists on a Linux blog, they have a social life. Besides, hisThey are responsible for purchasing and maintaining the equipment they work with and for paying for the energy that runs it. On the other hand, means of transport tend to be high pollutants and cause traffic jams, by not using them they contribute to improving air quality and reducing the travel time of essential workers.
I owe it to them to explain where they get the best job security from. I can't guess how they come to that conclusion. As for what those who work contribute less to the infrastructure of the economy, at least it is debatable. Working from home brings people into the job market who might not otherwise be able to do so; students, mothers and fathers of young children, retirees and people who need an additional income.
What is behind this proposal?
One of the comments from site from which we took the news seems to have hit the nail on the head
If a bank tIf you have a commercial building investment division, the work-at-home home office alternative should be more expensive for workers. Otherwise, the office towers owned by Deutsche Bank will soon be empty. Soon there will also be a tax on the consumption of food or sleep at home, to support the infrastructure of restaurants and hotels.
Does Deutsche Bank also invest in toilet factories? Then there will be a tax for going to your own bathroom
In recent years, Deutsche Bank has been embroiled in several money laundering and law-breaking scandals.