Salaries, cash bonuses and regulations – What awaits Austrians in 2023?

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As of January 1, Austria has new rules, salaries and regulations.
End of the cold progression
The “cold progression,” a creeping tax increase, is wholly abolished on Sunday. With the January salary, the average Austrian will earn 31 euros more per month.

CO2 tax
Although the CO2 tax has already been in place since October, it will be even more noticeable for motorists next year. Currently, one ton of CO2 is priced at 30 euros; an increase to 35 euros was planned. Due to the energy crisis, it was possible to agree on the golden mean – the law now provides for a rise to 32.50 euros per ton.

The EWG plans to phase out oil-fired heating by 2035 and gas-fired heating by 2040. Broken heating systems that run on fossil fuels may only be replaced with renewable heating systems. Although the law will not come into force in January as planned, it will be fixed in 2023.

Family allowance
With the adjustment of social benefits by the amount of inflation, the family allowance will increase from 114 to 165.10 euros to about 120 to 173.74 euros (depending on the child’s age). In August 2023, the school start allowance of €100 per child will also be paid again.

Heating allowance
In December, the federal government announced a 450 million heating cost subsidy. According to Finance Minister Brunner (ÖVP), the aim is to maintain purchasing power in Austria. In addition, according to Social Minister Rauch (Greens), no apartment should remain cold.

Climate bonus 2.0
The climate bonus is probably the most well-known and medially premium of the Federal Government. Everyone probably knows the amounts (as a reminder: 250€ for children and young people, 500€ for adults), but in the fall of 2023, the climate ministry will no longer be so generous. The climate bonus 2.0 will be regionally staggered in four levels: 200 euros, 167 euros, 133 euros, or 100 euros.

Income tax reduction
In 2023r, the last phase of the income tax reduction will be practical. The tax rate for incomes between previously 31,000 and 60,000 euros will be reduced from 42 to 41 percent. Tax relief: 290 euros.

How to separate waste
As of January 1, new waste regulations will come into force. The collection of light packaging will be standardized, and more plastic packaging waste will be allowed in the “yellow garbage can” or in the “yellow bag.”

New Parliament
After years of renovation work, the time has finally come again in 2023: Parliament will move back to Vienna’s Ring in mid-January.

Pensions
The total pension income will be increased by 5.8 percent if it does not exceed 5,670 euros per month. There is also a direct payment of up to 500 euros in March 2023.

Vignette
Like everything else, the vignette prices will be adjusted in 2023 – specifically by 2.8 percent. Thus, the annual vignette for passenger cars will cost 96.40 euros next year and those 38.20 euros for motorcycles. By the way, the new sticker year 2023 will be purple.

  • source: heute.at/picture: pixabay.com
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