Amazon opposes poor tax

Levy for the homeless Amazon opposes poor tax

Kathrin Werner, born in 1983, is a correspondent in New York. She already discovered her reporter enthusiasm as a student of the Hessian-Lower Saxon General and then studied law in Hamburg. She then started working for the business paper Financial Times Deutschland , which still existed at that time, first as a volunteer, later as an editor for renewable energies and maritime topics such as shipping companies and shipyards, and finally as a New York correspondent. She came to the Süddeutsche Zeitung in the early summer of 2013. In America, she handles all kinds of business topics: from 3-D printers and alligator leather to Chrysler, Amazon and Goldman Sachs.

Seattle is the city of inequality in the US. Along the highways that encircle the West Coast metropolis, the poor sleep in rickety tents, makeshift against the constant rain Seattle is famous for. If you have a little more money, rent a caravan and move it to an industrial area or sleep in the car. The very poorest spend the night on park benches and waver during the day through the city center. It is a downtown full of new glass high rises and construction sites for more glittering office towers. More than 45,000 employees disappear from Amazon in the morning.

The city council now has a new idea on how to fight the growing poverty in the city: redistribution. Next week’s vote will be on a special tax that will allow parliament to cut profits from large companies, especially the online retailer, and invest in homelessness and social housing projects. “Head tax” is the special tax that companies should pay to earn at least $ 20 million a year in the city. There would be 26 cents per employee per hour worked, more than $ 500 per capita per year. For Amazon, that would mean an additional $ 20-30 million of local tax burden. No other company would be hit harder to get the additional $ 75 million budgeted.