CDU member for submission of online retail for city centers

Shopping street in Stuttgart

The fee for online trading should be based on the order value.

(Photo: dpa)

Berlin According to a newspaper report, the CDU / CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag is considering a financial package tax for online trading to support city centers. This tax should be collected from the online retailer and paid by him to the tax office. This emerges from a paper signed by the local political spokesman Christian Haase and the parliamentary group vice-president Andreas Jung (both CDU), from which the “Welt am Sonntag” quotes.

Whether this would make goods ordered on the Internet more expensive depends on the providers. The amount should be based on the order value.

“With the income, online retailers share in the costs of the communal infrastructure they use. This eliminates the imbalance in relation to the stationary retail trade, which already today contributes significantly to the municipal budget with its taxes ”, according to the“ WamS ”in the paper.

The income from the new fee should immediately relieve the local retail trade: “The funds will therefore be used in full to strengthen a diverse retail trade in lively inner cities,” the newspaper quotes. In addition, shops that had to close temporarily because of the pandemic should be helped with more generous bridging aid, quick loans and tax breaks.

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