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Austria Launches Task Force On Environmental Tax Reform

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

03 March 2020


Austrian Finance Minister Gernot Blumel has announced the launch of a task force to carry forward the Government's proposed environmental tax reforms.

The task force will consist of six members and will be charged with studying options to better apply an effective price to carbon emitting activities. The panel will also discuss possible measures to encourage greener forms of road transport, particularly with respect to commuting, company cars, and road haulage.

Additionally, proposed changes to the flight ticket tax will be on the panel's agenda. Included in the coalition's program for government, agreed last month, this proposal would see the existing destination-based flight tax replaced with a flat charge of EUR12 (USD13) per flight. Currently, flights are taxed at EUR3.50 to EUR17.50, depending on destination.

The task force is due to hold its first meeting in the week commencing February 24, 2020. It is intended that the Government will begin implementing its recommendations by 2022.

TAGS: environment | Finance | tax | air passenger duty (APD) | environmental tax | carbon tax | Austria | tax reform

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