Staff who work from home after pandemic ‘should pay more tax’

Employees who continue working from home after the pandemic should be taxed for the privilege, with the proceeds used to help lower-paid workers, according to a new report.

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Economists at Deutsche Bank have proposed making staff pay a 5% tax for each day they choose to work remotely. They argue it would leave the average employee no worse off because of savings made by not commuting and not buying lunch on-the-go and fewer purchases of work clothing. Alternatively, the report suggests the tax could be paid by employers who do not provide their workforce with a permanent desk.

a person sitting in a chair: Economists at Deutsche Bank Research propose making staff pay a 5% tax for each day they choose to work remotely.

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Economists at Deutsche Bank Research propose making staff pay a 5% tax for each day they choose to work remotely.

The report from the German lender’s economic

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Tax Assessor-Collector Office in Slaton closed for remodeling, Nov. 17-29 | KLBK | KAMC

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LUBBOCK, Texas (NEWS RELEASE) — The following is a news release from the Lubbock County Tax Assessor-Collector Office:

The Lubbock County Tax Assessor-Collector office in Slaton will be closed to the public November 17-29, 2020.

In order to better serve our customers the Slaton office will be closed to remodel our facilities and will reopen to the public on November 30, 2020.

We recommend customers utilize our wait from home service by making an appointment online
( search Tax under the Departments drop down) and choose either:

  • Main Tax – the downtown Main office, 916 Main Street Suite 102 in Lubbock or text 432-741-3535
  • CityBank Tax location requires an appointment and a mask– located inside City Bank Branch, closed daily
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The Argument to Tax Work-From-Home Benefits

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Choosing to earn a living from home once the pandemic ends is a privilege that you should pay for, according to strategists from Deutsche Bank AG’s research arm.

“Working from home will be part of the ‘new normal’ well after the pandemic has passed,” the strategists led by Luke Templeman wrote in a note. “We argue that remote workers should pay a tax for the privilege.”

The team propose a 5% levy for those who work from home on a regular basis and not because of a government lockdown mandate. Such a measure could raise $48 billion a year in the U.S. and about 16 billion euros ($18.8 billion) in Germany, they say, to fund subsidies for low-income earners and essential workers who are unable to work remotely.

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Deutsche Bank Research undertook a survey to examine the major global shift toward remote work that occurred

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Deutsche Bank proposes 5% ‘privilege’ tax on working from home

  • Working from home should be taxed to help support people on low incomes who cannot do their jobs remotely, Deutsche Bank said Tuesday.
  • People choosing to work from home despite their company providing a permanent desk should pay the tax, at 5% of their salary. If companies do not offer permanent desks, they should pay instead, the report argued.
  • Deutsche said the tax could raise $49 billion per year in the US, 20 billion euros ($23.6 billion) in Germany, and £7 billion ($9.3 billion) in the UK.
  • The bank said an average worker would not be worse off if they paid the tax, because they are saving money on travel, food, and clothes by working remotely.
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Deutsche Bank said Tuesday that people choosing to work from home rather than in an office should be taxed 5% of their salary, with the money used

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