Property tax filing would have been much easier if Germany had been more advanced in digitalisation. But there is one problem – data protection has to be used as an excuse over and over again.
The deadline for filing property tax returns is Tuesday. They hadn’t even submitted two-thirds of it until Thursday. The deadline had already been extended by three months.
So the state screwed up the property tax project. And it is so clear that the economy and the left rarely come to a unanimous conclusion. Iris Plöger, Managing Director of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), says:
Domscheit-Berg: A mixture of incompetence and indifference
Anke Domscheit-Berg, Chairman of the Left Party at the Bundestag Digital Committee, adds: “I think it’s a mix of general incompetence in the entire cabinet and Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s general disinterest in everything digital. The offices are made possible. The General Data Protection Regulation clearly allows this.”
Experts confirm this.
Only around 30 administrative procedures are possible instead of 575 administrative procedures online
But data protection should also serve as a pretext for another self-proclaimed “progressive government” of the SPD, the Greens and the FDP: the Online Access Amendment Act, which aims to reform the Online Access Act (OZG). . Agreed in 2017, OZG returns to the grand coalition.
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