Fuel price brake: SPÖ wants suspension of VAT
Now that fuel prices have surpassed the two-euro mark, more and more politicians are sounding the alarm. SPÖ leader Pamela Rendi-Wagner called for a suspension of VAT in the Ö1 morning magazine. This would reduce the price per liter of petrol or diesel by 30 cents per liter.
SPÖ chairman Rendi-Wagner demands consequences
This would cost the state 600-800 million euros by the end of the year. “I think everyone who relies on cars needs a fuel price brake that takes effect immediately,” said the politician. The Upper Austrian Governor Thomas Stelzer (ÖVP) agreed: “The sharply rising energy prices are becoming an increasing burden for people. A warm home or mobility must not become luxury goods.”
FPÖ politicians refer to Hungary and Ireland
The FPÖ sees it similarly: in addition to halving all taxes on fuel, a price cap is necessary. “Black-Green must not misuse the tax revenue flowing out of the fuel price avalanche to restructure the debt policy,” said traffic spokesman Christian Hafenecker, referring to the fuel price cap in Hungary and the tax reduction on diesel and petrol in Ireland until the end of August. They expect savings of 15-20 cents per liter there.
Refueling is slowly becoming a luxury item
According to the ÖAMTC, an annual average of 54 percent tax is due for petrol and 49 percent for a liter of diesel. The tax on carbon dioxide planned for July 1 is also increasingly attracting criticism.