ANNOUNCEMENT 01 Jan 2011In January 2011, the government of Germany announced a targeted tax change.
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23rd subsidy report by the Finance Ministry, p.214 (in German)
On 1 January 2011, the German government amended its energy taxation law to include a tax relief for industrial gas producers.
Producers of industrial gases will be exempt from the electricity tax if at least 50% of their electricity costs relate to the production of the gases.
The annual budget of the scheme was planned at 15 million EUR. According to the 23rd subsidy report by the Finance Ministry, the goal of the scheme is to "secure and improve the competitiveness of the industrial gas producers" (own translation, p.214).
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