A mixed kornerbrot goes over the counter of the bakery tischer. "That makes 1.35 euros. Do you need the receipt?", asks bakery saleswoman sabine wolfram. A decisive no is the answer of the customer.
Since 1. January 2020, businesses will be required by law to print a receipt for every item sold, regardless of the amount. The so-called cash law is intended to make possible tax fraud more difficult.
The opinions of retailers and customers in staffelstein’s city center about this new regulation are clear. "Most customers say "no" in an annoyed way", sabine wolfram has experienced so far when she has added a receipt to the backertute. The fact that the data is printed on coated paper instead of re cycleable paper is to be evaluated negatively.
Receipt for two loaves of bread
Owner diana tischer even sees the law as a step backwards in terms of environmental pollution. "Nobody takes their receipt for two loaves of bread", she says.
Directly opposite, in the butcher’s shop kuffner, gudrun kuffner can understand that very few customers wanted to take their receipt with them. Many came to the butcher’s shop run by her son during their lunch break and were therefore often in a hurry. The receipt for the single wienlerle for 70 cents that goes over the counter, for example, is almost as long as the bruhwurst itself. Less than 30 seconds later, the sausage goes from the hand to the mouth and the paper slip into the bin.
According to the law, the receipts must be printed or in electronic form.
In view of the flood of paper, the supermarket chain rewe has announced that customers can also have their receipt sent to their e-mail address as an electronic file.
"I ask people if they want a receipt", says ursula lieb, owner of the store "eurasia. Each item sold is entered into the cash register and is thus registered. This guaranteed correct billing without the need to issue paper receipts.
The rolls are expensive
After all, the individual rolls for the cash register are not exactly cost-efficient. For a box of 50 rolls they pay about 70 euros. Around 50 customers a day came into your store. "If I let out every receipt, I would need a roll of paper every week", overstates ursula lieb.
According to the central association of the bakery trade, an average of 100.000 customers per bakery outlet throughout germany, five billion paper receipts are collected annually. That would cover the distance to the moon two and a half times – and that’s just for the bakery trade alone.
Barbel pfister, employee in the store "zeitlosschon, and owner christiane schlund can still escape the regulation. Their cash register is already several decades old, even still has a crank to the opening. The receipts for the customers are still handwritten on a cash register pad, says pfister. "We would otherwise have to scan each item individually."
Restaurants have been charging for a long time
"This also concerns us", says michael moslein, head of administration at the banz monastery education center of the hanns-seidel foundation. At the cash desk of the monastery museum it is now compulsory to issue vouchers for everyone, which is not tragic. In the monastery guesthouse, he says, it has been customary for years to issue vouchers to guests. There others for the lessee nothing.
In the training center itself, where the catering trade is set up to cater for seminar guests, the obligation to pay a deposit means an immense increase in personnel. The meals are included in the seminar price. It’s been decades of practice for patrons to walk to the dining room and pick up a drink at the counter. Michael moslein calculates that the new regulation now provides for 150 vouchers to be issued for 150 conference guests. "This will not be sustainable – this regulation was made too quickly, it needs to be improved." In order to implement the rule on a one-to-one basis, he had to employ a service employee solely for the purpose of cashing up drinks and presenting the receipts to the guests.
"This is not what the customer wants – and we needed an additional wastebasket." Up to now, all of these transactions were booked on a receipt – this ensured mutual control.
The hotel and restaurant association, announces michael moslein, will give some thought this month to how the regulation can be applied in practice: "the new regulation is not fully developed, not practical and can only be implemented to a limited extent."
Comment by editor matthias einwag
The state must set an example
Maximum transparency in billing! What’s wrong with making every sales transaction transparent?? Issuing vouchers is not an assumption that everyone is cheating. It is the control not to forget anything. The state announced a good three years ago that it would introduce this legal regulation in 2020. Time enough for all those concerned to think about how they will implement this. As a rule, the tax office knows those black sheep who use gray areas to cheat the tax authorities out of money. Covert checks by tax investigators are necessary to treat everyone equally. So we need to close gaps and set signs to minimize distortions of competition. In this way, the state helps those businesses that, for example, pay social security contributions properly and are thus forced to pass on these costs to goods or services. Those who bill correctly must not be punished by the customer because their final prices are higher than those of the competition. I understand that the financial investigators now have a sharp sword in their hands to send a clear signal after months of surveillance and justified suspicion.
Comment by editor mirjam stumpf
The ratio is not right
A stroll through the town center of bad staffelstein makes it clear: neither merchants nor customers have much to say in praise of the new bonpflicht.
The extra gauze, the rising cost of paper, the question of the need to take the receipt for two sandwiches and a nut snail…
All these points seem to prevail in everyday life. For the efforts to avoid disposable packaging seemed to be on a good way. The cash voucher obligation now literally puts a spanner in the works.
The new law should make tax fraud no longer possible. The question is whether such a law would not mean much more bureaucratic hassle for small businesses. But what about, in comparison, large (online) companies based outside germany, which do not have to pay taxes in this country??
"He who wants to cheat will find a way." This sentence should also be considered.
It’s a pity that the coated receipts left on the counter are not even suitable for heating the store in winter. Nevertheless, it is up to each businessman to decide which cash register system and which paper to use.