Leipzig court equates PC to radio

    As it turned out, not only domestic figures can collect taxes on and without reason, who even thought of charging taxes on empty discs. There are similar laws and people who write these laws in Western countries, for example, in Germany. So, the Federal Administrative Court of Leipzig does not see the difference between a radio and a computer connected to the Network. This court ruled that all owners of such PCs that have access to the Network should pay a tax of 5.76 euros per month. The same amount is paid by those who have a radio point in the house.

    It is interesting that there are not many people dissatisfied with this situation - only a few people turned to the court, who did not want to pay the tax, because they did not use the above opportunity to listen to the radio on the Web. But the court did not admit the plaintiffs were right, obliging them to pay, like everyone else. The fact is that, in the judge’s opinion, everything that allows you to listen to radio broadcasts is a radio receiver (well, not in the literal sense of a radio receiver, but simply such devices automatically apply to the law on radio charges).

    True, the tax on owners of computers connected to the Network is levied only if there are no more radios or televisions in the house. The tax then goes to pay for German public media - everything is pretty transparent. Although, on the other hand, what prevents you from registering your own media of this kind and receiving deductions? But let us leave this discussion to those who understand German laws.

    There is a separate organization in Germany to collect taxes from radio point owners. It is worth noting that the tax for TV owners reaches 17.98 euros - I wonder what compatriots would say if they introduced a similar tax in the CIS countries? For those who have a radio, the tax is less - 5.76 euros. Three years ago, the concept of “radio” also included various kinds of wireless devices, including a cell phone.

    Representatives of the tax authority have the right to check the availability of all these devices, but only if the owner of the apartment agrees to let the representative of the tax authority into the house to calculate the number of radios, TV, computers and other equipment.

    In general, a rather interesting tax - it would be informative to hear about this from those who live in Germany. Is this the case in reality?

    Via tagesschau

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