It’s still analog and on paper: the state of Berlin spent around 550,000 euros on payslips last year. Almost 1.5 million payslips were delivered, which consisted of two sheets of paper on average – making 3 million pages of paper. This emerges from the response to a parliamentary question by the FDP, which the “Berliner Zeitung” reported on. The postage alone cost around 224,000 euros.

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The tax authorities explained that the printing of the payslips could not be converted to the generation of digital evidence, for example in PDF format, without far-reaching technological changes. “In addition, it would be a mandatory requirement for electronic transmission that a single file would have to be available for each personnel case.”

The FDP MP Roman-Francesco Rogat told the newspaper: “The Berlin administration refuses to make progress in the digitization of payroll accounting.” The situation is also unsustainable from an ecological point of view.