Climate bonus: Who will receive and how much is determined by the classification in four categories

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Every Austrian of age will receive a climate bonus of up to 220 euros this year.

After the summer, the most well-known bonus of the past year returns. If also in a somewhat different version: On the one hand the anti-inflation dividend of 250 euro is wholly omitted, on the other hand, the climatic bonus is paid out this year for the first time in such a way as it was planned with its conception also regionally graduated.

Depending upon the place of residence, each Austrian gets between 110 and 220 euro. The base amount, i.e. the minimum of 110 euros, is then increased in each case by a regional compensation up to the maximum. Who receives how much is determined by the classification in the following four categories:

1) Cities with excellent infrastructure and public transportation. 110 euros.

2) Cities with good infrastructure and public transport. 150 euros.

3) Areas with sufficient infrastructure and public transport. 185 euros.

4) Rural areas where there are only basic infrastructure and public transport facilities. 220 euros.

New this year is not only the changed amount of the climate bonus but also that Vienna is no longer counted as an entire city. Thus, each Viennese district is classified according to its public transport connection. Residents of Floridsdorf, Donaustadt, Döbling, Währing, Hietzing, Liesing and Simmering will each receive 150 euros.

The inner-city locations within and along the Gürtel, Hernals, Ottakring and Penzing in the west, Meidling and Favoriten in the east, and Brigittenau and Leopoldstadt are rated highest. Therefore, there’s only the so-called base amount of 110 euros for residents.

One of the goals of the Climate Ministry is to significantly increase the number of user account data for this year’s payment – which means that as many eligible persons as possible should register with FinanzOnline or, if already registered, update their data there. This can be done in three simple steps:

Those not reporting up-to-date account data will have their climate bonus sent home. The safest way is the RSa letter or RSb letter for minors. The RSa letter will only be delivered to you in person or can be picked up at a post office with a photo ID.

Exception: Other adult persons in your household can accept the climate bonus for you at your primary residence if you give this person a climate bonus or postal power of attorney (download via the website of the Ministry of Climate Protection). This must be printed out, signed and ready at the time of collection.

  • Source: heute.at/picture: hp
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