Berlin (Reuters) – The federal government wants to collect part of the planned energy price relief from private individuals with higher incomes.
A wording aid from the Ministry of Finance available to Reuters on Wednesday provides for taxation of the relief provided by the planned gas and heat price brake. The same limits should apply here as for the solidarity surcharge, which is only due for higher incomes. According to the proposed law, the ministry expects revenues of around 850 million euros. The federal government follows the recommendation of the gas expert commission for a social balance. The taxation would therefore also apply to the state takeover of the December advance payments for gas and district heating this year.
The “Handelsblatt” had first reported on the formulation aid. The traffic light coalition of SPD, Greens and FDP wants to accommodate the changes in the annual tax law, which is to be passed by the Bundestag next week.
The draft does not specify precise income limits for taxing the relief. “The relief (…) is part of the taxable income (…) if a solidarity surcharge (…) is to be determined,” says the proposed law. It points out that the solidarity surcharge is currently used in a so-called mitigation zone with a taxable annual income of EUR 66,915 to EUR 104,009. Therefore, it should also apply to the gas and heat price brake that only part of the relief has to be taxed.
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