300 euros more net: We want this Ösi eco tax reform too! – Domestic policy

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Will Austria become a model for the next federal government?

The conservative-green government of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (35) wants to reduce taxes noticeably! The 8.9 million citizens are to be relieved of 18 billion euros by 2025.

In concrete terms: every full-time employee will in future receive an average of 300 euros more from their wages per month. On the other hand, the state is making energy more expensive by pricing CO2: by 2025 – just like in Germany – the price is to rise to 55 euros / ton. This makes fuel, for example, about 17 cents / liter more expensive.

The calculation of Kurz and the green coalition partner: If you want to have full relief, you have to rely on environmentally friendly mobility (bike, e-car) and heating. The state is also helping with this: there are subsidies from a 500 million euro pot for phasing out oil and gas heating systems. Families and low-wage earners are also relieved.

Taxes down, eco-incentives up! A role model for Germany? Yes, says FDP financial expert Christian Dürr (44). What he likes about the Ösi model is that the middle part of society is relieved. “At the same time, something is being done for the climate.”

The Union is also ready to talk. Saxony-Anhalt’s Economics Minister Sven Schulze (42) calls for targeted relief for citizens and industry for the rising energy prices: “The Austrian model can be a role model.”

Only the greens keep a low profile. Financial expert Lisa Paus (53): “We have many good ideas of our own for socially acceptable climate protection.” But that must be discussed confidentially.

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FDP politician Katja Suding (45) is skeptical about the Ösi model, but definitely in favor of relief: “In order to cushion social hardship, we want to relieve the citizen in return with a climate dividend, which is financed from income from the sale of emission certificates. “

Her party colleague Christian Dürr sees it this way: “That Austria is finally tackling a comprehensive tax reform should also be a signal for us. The package of measures by the Austrian government will relieve many people in the middle of society, while at the same time something will be done for the climate. I would have wished for so much enthusiasm for reform in Germany in the last four years. “


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