Gas surcharge: Further additional burdens for households possible

Gas surcharge: Further additional burdens for households possible

Due to significant price increases as a result of the planned state gas levy, there is growing concern that private households will be overburdened financially. The coalition is examining the elimination of VAT on the levy. The German Association of Cities brought state aid for overburdened households into play. “The federal government should reduce the surcharge through state subsidies if prices on the market continue to rise and there is a risk of too great a burden on consumers and the economy,” said Markus Lewe, President of the City Council German press agency.

The state gas levy is to be introduced in October for companies and private households. This is intended to relieve gas suppliers who have to buy gas at higher prices to replace missing Russian supplies.

“The levy must not be the basis for further tax revenue. That is why it is currently being examined whether the VAT can be attributed to the levy,” said Michael Kruse, spokesman for energy policy for the FDP parliamentary group dpa on Wednesday after a special session of the Energy and Climate Committee of the Bundestag. “If this is not technically possible, it is clear to me that the additional government revenue must be returned to consumers together with further relief.”

A spokesman for the Ministry of Finance explained that according to the current legal situation, the gas levy is part of the assessment basis for calculating sales tax. The ministry is examining ways to ensure that gas customers do not incur any additional burdens in this context.

The CDU energy politician Andreas Jung said World, the federal government must immediately withdraw its plan to add 19 percent VAT to the gas surcharge. “The state shouldn’t be allowed to make money from this additional burden.”

There are also legal problems with the implementation of the levy. Specifically, the question is whether customers with fixed-price contracts also have to pay the levy. A spokesman for the Ministry of Economic Affairs spoke on Wednesday of a detail that had to be clarified.

The general manager of the municipal utility association VKU, Ingbert Liebing, explained that legal doubts in dealing with different fixed price contracts must be clarified. Otherwise, the municipal utilities would have to pay the levy, but would not be allowed to pass on the costs.

Economics Minister Robert Habeck recently named a range of 1.5 to 5 cents per kilowatt hour in which the gas surcharge will probably move. For an average four-person household with an annual consumption of 20,000 kilowatt hours, that would be around 300 to 1,000 euros. In addition, market-driven drastic price increases would gradually reach customers.

According to calculations by the comparison portal Verivox, the additional costs including VAT range from 1.5 cents to 5 cents per kilowatt hour for a single household with an annual consumption of 5,000 kilowatt hours of gas per year between 89 euros and 298 euros. In a couple household with an annual consumption of 12,000 kilowatt hours, the additional costs would be between 214 and 714 euros, for a household with a single-family house and an annual consumption of 20,000 kilowatt hours between 357 and 1,190 euros.

According to Verivox, if VAT were to be eliminated, this would save single households by 14 to 48 euros, couple households by 34 to 114 euros and households with a single-family house by between 57 and 190 euros.

City Council President Lewe said that in the current energy crisis it was right for consumers to be involved in making provisions for a secure energy supply. “But the gas surcharge must not overwhelm people financially. It has to be determined carefully and spread over a longer period of time, instead of going up and down every few months. Otherwise we have no planning security for the end customers.”

A debate is already underway in the coalition as to what additional relief is needed and whether this should come at the same time as the levy. Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) had announced a major housing benefit reform at the beginning of next year.

Lewe said the announced housing benefit reform was correct because it would give more people the right to housing benefit. “Today’s one-off heating cost subsidy must also soon be converted into a permanent flat-rate heating cost subsidy.”

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Source: RT

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