In view of the rapidly increasing energy costs, the abolition of the EEG levy is not sufficient in the opinion of Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP).

"We have to go beyond that," Lindner told RTL TV.

The FDP politician sees two starting points: firstly, a defusing of the cold progression, i.e. a correction of the income tax for the price effects, secondly, a relief for drivers.

"So if there is an agreement in Germany that we are doing something there, also in the area of ​​​​distance and commuter allowances, then the finance minister would not fail - on the contrary," said the minister.

According to him, the end of the EEG surcharge will relieve a private household by an average of around 150 euros a year.

The district council supports the increase in the commuter allowance.

"That's the right signal," said President Reinhard Sager (CDU).

In view of rising energy prices, it is more than understandable to be able to deduct the increased costs for the commute from taxes: "That plays a major role for people in rural areas." The commuter allowance is currently 30 cents per kilometer from home to work , from the 21st kilometer it is 35 cents.

An increase of 10 cents costs the tax authorities around 2.6 billion euros a year, of which the federal government accounts for 1.2 billion euros.

The lump sum reduces taxable income, and it's not just drivers who benefit from it.

Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) announced an "energy price brake" on Monday.

His program envisages a reduction in the electricity tax, the reduced VAT rate for fuel and an increase in the commuter allowance.

He wants to bring this to the Federal Council.

The Left Group is also promoting a reduction in VAT on fuel.

In Poland, this has led to significantly lower fuel prices, said Chairwoman Amira Mohamed Ali.

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