Germany introduces additional gas tax, costing households up to €480 more

Germany introduces additional gas tax, costing households up to €480 more
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From October, Germany will introduce its previously-announced additional tax on gas consumption, announced Trading Hub Europe, the umbrella organisation responsible for the German gas market, on Monday.

The tax of 2.4 cents per KiloWatt-hour (kWh) should help importers of gas who are faced with higher costs since Russia gradually shut off the gas tap. Through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, Germany now only receives 20% of the maximum amount of gas.

For a four-person household, the tax would amount to up to €480 per year – without VAT. In the meantime, the German Government has also announced new aid measures to relieve the pressure on consumers already.

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"When the tax comes into force on 1 October, there will also be further aid measures for citizens," government spokesperson Christiane Hoffmann said, report local media.

Whether VAT will have to be paid is not yet clear: the German Government has asked the European Union for a VAT exemption in an effort to minimise the burden on consumers.

However, a spokesperson for the Finance Ministry in Berlin told the German newspaper der Tagesshau that no answer has yet been received.


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