September brought some changes for consumers. On August 31, both the €9 ticket and the tank discount expire at the end of the month.
But there are also benefits: the electricity allowance for employees is paid with the September salary. In addition, the new month will see the introduction of e-prescribing and the long-awaited rate payment for nurses.
You can read about which specific changes will take effect in September and what consumers should be prepared for here.
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A flat tariff is paid for energy
Those who are employed can expect a 300 euro federal energy bill. It is available to all employees subject to income tax, including mini-employees and working students, and is paid with the September salary. This should free people from high energy costs.
As the one-off payment is taxable, the €300 is the gross value only, the actual benefit may be lower depending on the individual tax situation.
The tax authority determines the same rate in each case as part of the examination of the income tax return. According to the Federal Ministry of Finance, a deduction of between zero and 142 euros is possible.
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9 euro ticket ends
The nationwide €9 ticket expires in August – passengers will need to buy regular tickets again from September to use local transport. Whether there should be a further proposal is now being hotly debated.
The nine-euro ticket allowed all citizens to use local and regional transport throughout the country for nine euros a month. According to a study commissioned by VDV and the Deutsche Bahn industry association, 1.8 million tons of CO2 were saved as a result of switching from cars to public transport during the campaign period.
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Tank discount ends
The reduction in energy tax – the tank discount – will no longer apply from September. This means that the price of diesel and petrol at the pump will have to go up again. According to research by the RWI Leibniz Institute for Economic Research, oil companies have largely passed on the benefits to drivers.
The energy tax on motor fuels has been reduced from June to August. Then gasoline should be taxed 35 cents less than usual, and diesel fuel 17 cents less than usual. There is currently no succession plan planned.
Energy saving measures will be implemented
In order to reduce the use of electricity and heat across the country, various saving measures will be implemented for six months starting from September.
- Public buildings only up to heated to a maximum of 19 degrees. However, this does not apply to hospitals, kindergartens, schools or similar facilities.
- the Illumination of buildings and monuments For purely aesthetic or representational reasons, it is prohibited with few exceptions.
- neon signs and illuminated billboards will be switched off between 10:00 PM and 4:00 PM the following day.
- need retail stores keep the doors of shops closedso as not to lose too much heat.
- In the private sector, tenants are exempt from the obligation ensure a certain minimum temperature. Some leases contain specific provisions to combat mold growth.
- It is also necessary Swimming pools or garden pools are no longer heated.
The rate of payment for nursing staff will come into effect
Many nurses who previously did not receive rate pay will receive more in the future. Because starting from September, only care institutions that pay at least the tariff for care and service workers will be approved.
Accordingly, the prices of services in nursing homes are expected to increase in the near future.
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Electronic prescriptions have been introduced
After a trial phase, e-prescription will be gradually introduced in Germany. The e-prescription will initially be available at practices and clinics in the Westphalia-Lippe region and at dentists in Schleswig-Holstein.
Practices in other areas are not yet able to issue e-prescriptions. The nationwide rollout will be phased in and will be completed in the spring of 2023.
Starting September 1, pharmacies across the country must be able to accept and process electronic prescriptions. According to the association, about 10,000 of the 18,000 pharmacies said they were ready to go.
A THREAT: If you want to buy an e-prescription, you need a smartphone app. The official guide comes from gematik GmbH, a company commissioned by the legislature to implement. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can print out the electronic prescription at the practice and buy it at the pharmacy.
Amazon Prime is getting more expensive
Amazon customers using the Prime subscription offer will have to pay more starting in September. With a monthly payment, it costs 8.99 euros instead of the previous 7.99 euros. An annual subscription will cost €89.90 instead of €69 – a 30 percent increase. The increase applies to the next account. The increase in prices was caused by “general and significant changes in costs related to inflation.”
Subscription customers get free shipping on the platform and access to video and music streaming.
ECB meeting may influence policy
The next meeting of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank on September 8 will again be closely watched, as the monetary authorities may further tighten monetary policy in the fight against inflation.
High principal interest rates usually ensure that the interest rates on loans, such as for the purchase of real estate, are also expensive.
A lot of television shows are coming to an end during the summer vacation
Other popular TV formats are returning from summer breaks, some of which lasted months. On September 4, “Das Verhör” (Inspector Odenthal / Ludwigshafen) will be the first new “Tatort” after ten weeks without the first broadcast.
The first (regular) “Today Show” with Oliver Welke will be on September 9. ARD Sunday Talk “Ann Will” returns on September 18.
Oktoberfest is returning for the first time since the start of the Corona pandemic. The world’s largest public holiday is celebrated from September 17 to October 3 – no Corona requirements.
17 festival halls offer space for about 120,000 guests. (dpa, AFP, Tsp)
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