Well, with the pandemic of 2020 in full bloom, the tax man is again showing he wants his cut first.
Tax on working at home proposed
By Kelvin Chan ASSOCIATED PRESS
LONDON — White-collar staff reaping the financial benefits of working from home should be taxed to help other workers who aren’t getting the same advantages, experts at Deutsche Bank said in a new report.
In its report on how to rebuild the economy after COVID-19, the bank proposed a 5 percent daily tax on each employee who continues to work from home, which could raise tens of billions of dollars for governments. The money could be used to help lower-income workers who have taken on greater risk because their jobs can’t be done remotely, it said.
The bank noted that the global pandemic has turbocharged the shift to remote work, a trend that looks set to last for the long term, with many workers expecting to spend at least a few days of their workweek at home even after the pandemic ends.
These workers benefit from more convenience and flexibility. They also save money because they don’t have to pay for commuting costs, takeout lunches or buying and dry cleaning work clothes — but it means those businesses that have grown up to support office workers won’t be able to recover and that “the economic malaise will be extended,” the report said...
One of Margaret Thatcher's great quotes (paraphrasing from memory), "The way to not solve a problem is to establish a government agency. The bureaucracy will never want it solved, the agency would loose it's reason for eating at the public trough." Assume this temporary tax is put forth, when will it end?