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A 5% tax on teleworkers is the idea proposed by Deutsche Bank to compensate those who cannot telework

The pandemic has brought with it a substantial increase in teleworking for health reasons. A situation, that of those who work from home, that should be taxed with a new tax, according to a report from Deutsche Bank.

This tax would correspond to 5% of salary and would be used to compensate those employees who cannot perform their functions remotely outside your workplace. Essentially, because they consider it a privilege.

The tax would represent 5% of the salary of teleworkers and would be used to compensate workers who must travel to perform their work obligations

"Those who can work from home receive direct and indirect financial benefits and they should pay taxes to smooth the transition process for those who have been suddenly displaced ", says Luke Templeman, ideologist of the proposal contained in the report What we must do to rebuild.

Telecommuters should pay for their privilege, although they would not be harmed

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This document considers that teleworkers, because they have the privilege of being able to carry out their work responsibilities from home despite having a job in a company office, They should be charged with this tribute because their absence in the office is an expense for their employers. Although, the report argues, they would not be harmed.

The idea is that the savings that means not having to travel, eat at home and spend less on clothes, at least in theory, offset the amount that this tax on teleworking may entail. However, this would be the case as long as there was a position in the office waiting to be filled. In the event that it does not exist, the tax should be paid by the company.

"From a personal and financial point of view, it makes sense to lend a hand to these people. It also makes sense to recognize essential workers who take the risk of the coronavirus for low wages. Those who are lucky enough to be in a position to 'disconnecting' from the face-to-face economy you owe it to yourself. "

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Another argument used by the author of the report to justify the tax on teleworkers is that these receive their salaries normally while reducing their contributions to the rest of the economy by generating, in principle, less spending. This, according to Templeman, "is a big problem for the economy" for what it has cost to shape the current model of face-to-face work.

Of the tax raised by the Deutsche Bank, yes, low-wage teleworkers and self-employed would be exempt. In any case, the report considers that "teleworking will be part of the 'new normal'".