Friday February 12, 2021
“Paying taxes in Germany”
Czech commuters are demanding financial aid
Because of the restricted border traffic with Germany, many Czech commuters who work in Germany fear for their livelihood. The y want financial help from the federal government – after all, they too pay taxes and social security contributions.
Representatives of Czech commuters who work in the Federal Republic of Germany are concerned about the planned tightened entry rules to Germany.
The federal government in Berlin has declared the neighboring country to be a virus variant area. Jan Triska from the Czech commuter association APCR is now demanding financial help for those workers who are no longer allowed to drive across the border to Germany or who are overwhelmed by the situation.
He pointed out that commuters in Germany would pay taxes and social security contributions. “It mustn’t be that you end up on the street from one day to the next,” said Triska. He expects that only medical personnel and employees of the critical infrastructure will be allowed across the border.
The deliberations on the details are still ongoing in Berlin. According to Triska, even a daily test requirement would be a great additional burden.
“Eight hours at work, one hour on the way there and back and then the waiting time in the test center,” he listed. That overstrains the strength of the people who then no longer have time for their families. It is estimated that 35,000 to 60,000 Czechs travel to Germany to work. Because many of them work in the hospitality industry, which has been closed due to Corona, it could currently be significantly less.
Starting this Sunday, the Federal Ministry of the Interior is planning to introduce temporary controls at the borders with the Czech Republic in addition to the existing controls in Austria. Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn said this decision was painful, but was inevitable for a certain time.
The background is to protect Germany from entry and spread of the new virus variants.
The country with 10.7 million inhabitants has been in lockdown almost continuously since October 2020. Recently, the number of new infections has increased significantly, which is attributed to the spread of the particularly contagious British virus variant.