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Additionally, there is the VAT (Umsatzsteuer), which appears to be raised even across the license fee and federal tax.
It's the same in Sweden, VAT is payed on top of price+other taxes.
It remains unclear to me why a VAT should also be raised over surcharges and levies.
The idea is that by doing it this way, the government can extract more money from citizens.
The question remains, therefore, whether steering deployment volumes via a per kilowatt hour (kWh) remuneration will remain effective over the medium to long term.
This is a feature, not a bug. If you subsidise renewable kWh's, that's what the power industry will deliver. Complaining that they actually build the wind mills and then get the subsidies they were promised hardly seems very fair.
There is also debate regarding the allocation of the costs of the Energiewende with some arguing that household consumers carry a disproportionate share of the burden.
In Sweden, industry is exempted from electricity and carbon taxes. This makes a lot of sense as industry is active on the international market, and taxing it that way will reduce its competitiveness, driving it abroad to no use.

People, on the other hand, hardly move abroad because power and diesel is too expensive, so they can be taxed without negative effect.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Fri Jul 5th, 2013 at 12:14:16 PM EST
so they can be taxed without negative effect

Unless you overdo it and people start using their own generators. (I just learnt that some religious people in Israel do this on Saturday because they don't think the national electricity is kosher)

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Jul 5th, 2013 at 12:39:42 PM EST
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No problem! Just introduce punitive taxation on individual generators as well. :)

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Fri Jul 5th, 2013 at 12:49:09 PM EST
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It remains unclear to me why a VAT should also be raised over surcharges and levies.

The idea is that by doing it this way, the government can extract more money from citizens.

I little bit too cynical, I daresay... in my understanding this is imposed by the logic of Value Added Tax, which propagates through the manufacturing and trading pipeline to end up at the consumer as a known percentage of the retail price. And those pipelines can be border crossing, making it an EU business to regulate. So, a member state can change a product's VAT percentage, but they cannot exempt part of the its production cost from VAT.

by mustakissa on Fri Jul 5th, 2013 at 03:10:03 PM EST
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Same happens in UK petrol, you pay VAT on top of Fuel Duty. it's one of those things fuel tax campaigners in the UK complain about

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jul 23rd, 2013 at 05:29:17 PM EST
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