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.
- Colder pools, fewer lights: What measures is Flanders taking to cut gas consumption?
- Cold showers, unheated buildings: How Germany will cut gas consumption
- Germany faces 'biggest energy crisis ever,' says Economy Minister
"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.