- Hans Weber
- September 26, 2023
Stanjura will not submit a windfall tax proposal to the government today
Stanjura told members of the House Budget Committee today. Stanjura, on the other hand, assumes that if the government approves the proposal for a permanent reduction of excise duty on diesel today, the House of Representatives could approve it in an accelerated mode in a state of legislative emergency as early as Friday. The consumption tax reduction is valid until the end of September.
“From the parameters that were available to us yesterday (Tuesday) evening, it follows that it is stricter than our proposal. So I will not present the proposal to the government today and therefore it will not be discussed on Friday at the extraordinary meeting in the legislative emergency, ” said Stanjura. On Friday, the House of Representatives is expected to quickly approve an amendment to the Energy Act, which will allow the government to set maximum prices for electricity and gas in the event of an extraordinary market situation.
According to Stanjura, the European proposal assumes, for example, that profits for this year will be taxed. “Which we didn’t want for constitutional reasons,” he said. He therefore turned to constitutional lawyers. In addition, according to Stanjura, the Czech side assumed that the comparative period for calculating profits would be seven years, because the covid pandemic affected the last two years. According to him, the European proposal, on the other hand, assumes a comparative period of the last three years and there are two covids in them. “So it looks like it’s tougher on taxpayers,” he noted. According to him, the proposal also envisages a minimum rate of 33 percent.
According to him, the European proposal also includes a proposal to establish a maximum production price for a certain type of power plant sources at energy companies. Anything above that will cost a lot to take and use for compensation, he described. Stanjura does not expect the House of Representatives to vote on the windfall tax in a legislative emergency.
On Thursday, Stanjura wants to come to the budget committee with a proposal to make the reduction in excise duty on diesel permanent. For now, only a temporary reduction applies to diesel and gasoline until the end of September. If the government approves this proposal today, the House could discuss it on Friday. Stanjura does not expect a big political fight. “Not for gasoline, but for diesel we will propose permanent measures. And not for reasons of high prices, but for reasons of competition with neighboring states,” he said. He emphasized that if the Parliament approves this change, it would have to be published in the collection of laws by the end of September.