There will also be a climate bonus throughout Austria in 2023 – albeit in a slimmed-down version.
Last year’s best-known cash bonus is making a comeback. The climate bonus was first paid out in 2022 as part of the eco-social tax reform – back then, it was coupled with an anti-inflation bonus and totalled 500 euros. This year, everyone registered in Austria for six months will receive their money, albeit in a slimmed-down version.
This is because for this year, no “Antiteuerungsbonus” is planned – thus, 250 euros are omitted. But also, the climate bonus was a maximum of 200 this year, not 250 euros, as still in 2022. Why? “The climate bonus was unified last year with the anti-taxation bonus,” explained Samson Sandrieser-Leon, press spokesman in the Ministry of Climate, published by the Austrian newspaper “Heute.” Already last year, the plan was to set the climate bonus at 200 euros, but then they unified the bonuses, he said.
What’s also new is that in 2023, a regional scale will come into effect – meaning that not everyone will receive the same amount. Those communities where everyday commutes, such as getting to school or work, are longer, and the fewer public transportation options available will receive the highest financial compensation. Conversely, people from urban areas with a lot of public transportation will receive the lowest amount.
The Climate Ministry distinguishes between four classes here, from urban centers with the highest-ranking public transportation (PT) access to rural communities. The general connection with infrastructure development, such as schools or shopping facilities, results in the category. Thus, in Vienna (level 1), one receives 100 euros; in all other municipalities in Austria, one receives 133 (level 2), 167 (level 3) or even 200 euros (level 4) climate bonus.
The payment of the climate bonus starts again this year in autumn. An exact date did not call the Gewessler Ministry; it was said this is still in the arrangement. In the past year, the disbursement began already in September. Also, this year should give approximately around this time the first transfers.
Should one expect this year again with similar breakdowns and delays as with the first climatic bonus payment? “No, we are better prepared and have adjusted the whole setup,” the ministry assured. Last year, for example, there were complications with people without a fixed residence – homeless people, for example. “This year, a registration confirmation from the social institution will be enough for the payment,” it said.
By the way, one will also enjoy the climate bonus in Austria in the coming years. The bonus is an annual payout and will be transferred to all persons with at least six months of main residence in Austria, stressed the Ministry of Climate.
- source: heute.at/picture: pixabay.com
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