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Does corona provide for leniency at the tax office??

Does corona provide for leniency at the tax office??

Many citizens filed their tax returns especially early this year – because they had an unusual amount of time, but above all because every cent of refund is urgently needed in the corona pandemic.

Nevertheless, the taxman still has the hard part ahead of them, as 31. July is the deadline for filing the 2019 tax return.

Many tax officials still work from their home offices. Print an eye here and there now because of the difficult conditions? The head of the german tax union, thomas eigenthaler, believes this is entirely possible. "It may be that in the fall we will no longer complain about every little thing, that after the vacations we will more often "grunt" at the traffic lights switch", he told the news portal "t-online".

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From kindergarten to shop window

From kindergarten to shop window

"What were the rainbows in spring, are now the lanterns", says city manager andrea kerby. Just in time for saint mary’s day, lanterns hang in the windows of 13 shops in coburg’s city center. On facebook was kerby on the germany-wide action "lantern windows" the baden-wurttemberger light tailor brenzinger attentive.

"We then wrote to the kindergarten and all the retailers in coburg", she tells. The coburg kindergarten marienschule, HUK wuselwald, tausendfubler as well as the cortendorf kindergarten prinzessin sybilla and the untersiemau kinderhaus regenbogen participated in the campaign. In the end, 52 lanterns came together, which now shine in the windows of the individual retailers. "Some kindergartens have come up with themes for the lanterns. Some have made animals or put stickers on the lanterns."

Lanterns as a symbol of hope

On the one hand, the lanterns are to stand as a symbol of hope in the corona era. On the other hand, the retail trade is to be strengthened. "When the parents look for the lanterns with their children in the city, they automatically take a look in the shop windows", kerby describes the background of the action. She hopes that one or the other christmas present will be bought in coburg’s city center.

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Corona crisis causes sharp drop in profits at daimler

Corona crisis causes sharp drop in profits at daimler

The corona virus crisis is putting even more pressure on the carmaker daimler, which has already been weak lately, and rubbing deep holes in its cash flow.

In the first quarter, the group just barely manages to avoid going into the red. However, the group expects even worse figures in the second quarter, which is already underway. To keep the money together, CEO ola kallenius continues to cut back on investments and research and development spending, but explicitly not on future topics such as electrification and digitization, as he emphasized on wednesday. "These key technologies for the future are not up for grabs," kallenius said.

Daimler had already presented the first preliminary figures last week, followed by the details on wednesday. Accordingly, the profit in the first three months of the year fell sharply. The bottom line was that shareholders were left with only 94 million euros. In the first quarter of the previous year, which had also not gone well, it had been 2.1 billion euros.

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The region must quickly develop a concept for receiving funds from the federal government

As part of its economic stimulus package, the federal government is promising a bonus program for the automotive industry worth two billion euros. Innovations should be demanded. But it is still unclear who will benefit and how – and this is precisely where the opportunity for ideas from the region lies. This was one of the findings of a virtual panel discussion between representatives of regional business and science and lisa badum, a member of the green parliament, about the transformation process in the automotive industry. The roundtable was moderated by ute schmid, professor of applied informatics at the university of bamberg and member of the bamberg future council.

Independent of the drive train

Even before corona, the automotive industry was facing a drop in sales and was in the midst of structural change, which was particularly hard on the region’s small and medium-sized suppliers. Now the corona crisis is exacerbating the problems even further. "Small and medium-sized suppliers in particular can defy the crisis, the innovations are there, independent of the powertrain, but we have to take the people with us. Because they are our greatest potential", stressed lisa badum and speaks in this context of mandatory qualification in short-time work phases and clear political guidelines, such as an end date for the burnout, so that companies can adapt.

"The industry will take five to ten years to adapt. We simply need time, said timo piwonski from the company iprotex and markus zirkel, works council member at schaeffler hirschaid. "For us at schaeffler, the type of powertrain and the progress of the digitalization processes are crucial for a successful transformation", zirkel stated. "Ultimately, it’s about finding niches and reducing or at least cushioning dependencies", on the other hand piwonski described. His company from munchberg produces technical textiles not only for cars, but also for railroads and airplanes.

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Corona numbers on the rise: austria cracks down hard

Corona numbers on the rise: austria cracks down hard

Austria continues to tighten the leash in view of the sharp rise in new corona infections: since sunday night, only six people have been allowed to meet indoors away from their own four walls, for example at dance or yoga classes or private birthday parties, while twelve people have been banned from the streets.

This also applies to amateur choruses and music bands. Restaurants now also have a maximum of six adults per table instead of the previous ten. On the street you have to keep a distance of one meter from people you live with.

The number of reported new corona infections had again reached a record high on saturday. 3614 cases were reported within 24 hours, after 2571 the day before. The number of newly reported traps within seven days rose to 172.1 per 100.000 inhabitants. By way of comparison, according to the robert koch institute, this figure is currently 68.4 in germany. The austrian states of salzburg, tyrol and vorarlberg, which border on germany, are severely affected.

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Coburg state theater in corona times: first hygiene, then art

coburg state theater in corona times: first hygiene, then art

Signs and prohibition signs everywhere await the visitors. "No entrance there is a double lane directly in front of the box office of the landestheater. Upstairs in the first tier, the no-entry signs focus on the opposite direction. "No exit" a note on a door in the auditorium as well as on the door that actually leads to the small staircase explains the story.

Signs and prohibition signs have made the landestheater coburg a real obstacle course for visitors since the re-start after the complete corona shutdown. This is not, of course, the result of harassment, but rather of the need to strictly implement the hygiene concept. Signs, boards and various barriers are used to guide the streams of visitors along cleverly devised routes and at the prescribed distance to the still strictly limited seating areas.

Strict conditions

After the reopening in mid-june, the show has been running smoothly since the start of the season at the beginning of september – albeit always under strict hygiene regulations and corresponding requirements in front of and behind the scenes. The exceptional situation has long since become a kind of new normality. But an evening at the theater is far from being normal again, and not just for the audience. Behind the scenes, too, normality in the state of exception is a permanent tour de force – a tour de force still under the auspices of short-time work for many employees, especially in the artistic field. Soloists in the theater and musical theater, chorus and orchestra are still partly in short-time work, explains fritz fromming as commercial director.