According to Janne Kalluinen, an economist at the Finnish Taxpayers' Union, it is still difficult to assess how the so-called the abolition of the tax subsidy for paraffinic diesel will affect the price of diesel sold to consumers.
Kalluinen still estimates in his blog published in Talouselämä that tax subsidies of more than 100 million euros are unlikely to be eliminated without the end result “vaccinating the diesel driver’s wallet at all”.
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- In any case, the time of quality grading of paraffinic diesel is in any case running low, and the current information makes it more difficult to come up with grounds for maintaining the tax subsidy than the grounds for eliminating it, Kalluinen sums up the situation in TE.
Kalluine's assessment is also supported by Neste, according to which budget solutions related to paraffinic diesel fuel also contribute to increasing the pressure on rising diesel pump prices.
In this respect, the increase in price pressure in this respect would start as early as next year, when the first practical phase of the abolition of tax support will take place.
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The price of diesel is already rising anyway, with an increase in fuel tax coming into force in a week and a half, bringing diesel prices up by an estimated seven cents per liter.
This increase relates to the Government's goals of state revenue side fixing Sanna Marin (SDP), as well as highly demanding transport emissions to halve by 2030 and carbon-free transport scenario in 2045.
Paraffinic diesel is cleaner than conventional so-called aromatic diesel in terms of harmful local emissions, but not more climate-friendly. However, in the past, it has been taxed less lightly than other grades of diesel, precisely for environmental reasons.