The obligation to pay for retailers will be introduced from January. You then need to issue a receipt for every transaction in stores or cafes. The Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) demands two weeks before the introduction in a letter to Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz (SPD) to remove the obligation from the law.
Providing a receipt for every transaction will "result in a significant increase in bureaucracy". In addition, the environment is heavily polluted, since the receipts are usually printed on particularly harmful thermal paper and billions "end up directly in the garbage". The letter from the minister was available to the dpa news agency, the Bild newspaper had previously reported on it.
140,000 kilometers of additional receipts
Altmaier pointed out the consequences of the regulation. For example, that the Rewe chain expects 140,000 kilometers of additional receipts per year. However, according to the law, digital receipt transmission via app or email is also possible.
The draft law of 2016 provided for an obligation to provide evidence at the customer's request. "This rule has been expanded to a general document issuing requirement in the parliamentary procedure." He now hopes for a short-term amicable solution in the interests of the environment and the company.
The obligation to pay should contain tax fraud. According to the Cash Register Act, cash registers are to be protected against forgery by a technical security device (TSE). Originally, these should meet the new regulations by the beginning of 2020, the Ministry of Finance now granted time until the end of September. The obligation to pay is still valid from January.
Companies also have to pay a receipt
Trade associations in particular criticize the obligation to pay and point to high refitting costs for cash registers. The Handelsverband Deutschland (HDE) assumes that companies can expect 300 to 500 euros per cash register.
Support from the party of Olaf Scholz: The deputy SPD parliamentary group leader in the Bundestag Achim Post said that the main victim is the tax offender, not the environment or the retail trade.
The FDP and AfD, however, supported Altmaier. AfD member of parliament AfD Kay Gottschalk said that one was "against suspecting every retailer that he or she is evading taxes". The deputy FDP parliamentary group leader Michael Theurer called for protecting medium-sized businesses and craftsmen "from this bureaucracy monster".