Berlin (dpa) - A good two weeks before the introduction of the mandatory payment for retailers, Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier urges that the requirement be removed from the law again.
The CDU politician wrote to finance minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) that the obligation to issue a receipt for every transaction in shops or cafés would "lead to a significant increase in bureaucracy". In addition, the environment is heavily polluted because billions of receipts, which are often printed on thermal paper, “end up in the garbage”. The letter was available to the German Press Agency, previously the "Bild" newspaper (Saturday) reported on it.
"I can confirm that Federal Minister of Economics Altmaier is in exchange with Federal Minister of Finance Scholz on the subject of mandatory receipts," said a spokesman for the Ministry of Economic Affairs on Saturday. He did not want to comment on the concrete content.
Altmaier emphasized: "The consequences of this regulation are considerable." The Rewe chain expects 140,000 kilometers of additional receipts a year. Altmaier pointed out that the 2016 bill provided for a requirement to provide evidence at the customer's request. "This regulation was expanded in the parliamentary procedure to a general obligation to issue documents." He now hopes "for a short-term amicable solution in the interests of the company and the environment".
In the fight against tax fraud that has been rampant at the counter for years, cash registers are to be technically upgraded with the turn of the year. With every transaction, dealers should also issue a receipt - whether at the bakery or at the counter in the club. According to the cash register law, cash registers are to be protected against forgery by a technical security device (TSE). Originally, cash registers 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.