From tax returns to climate protection: what’s changing in may?

From tax returns to climate protection: what's changing in may?

May’s legislative changes are all about money – taxes, new bills and phone charges, but also thick air in the cities and possible driving bans. An overview of the changes for consumers:

Tax declaration: until now, many people had to wade through invoices, receipts and tax forms in may: the tax declaration had to be submitted by the end of the month. Starting this year, taxpayers have two months longer to file their taxes. The deadline for submitting the tax return is now 31 december. July. Who can be helped by a tax advisor, has even more time: until the end of february 2020. Those who file too late must expect to pay a surcharge of at least 25 euros per month or part thereof. There will no longer be a time limit extension as before.

MONEY BILLS: on 28. New euro bills enter circulation in may. After the introduction of revised fivers, tens, twenties and fifties, it is now the turn of the 100- and 200-euro bills. The new banknotes have special security features. If you tilt the bill, for example, the color of the number printed on it changes. The coarse 500 series, on the other hand, will no longer be produced. Those who still have them under their pillow need not worry: they will remain legal tender and will be exchangeable for an unlimited period of time.

CLIMATE PROTECTION: according to the federal government, the amended federal immission control act will also come into force in may – it is intended to avoid diesel driving bans in cities as far as possible. The new rules generally classify driving bans as unacceptable if the nitrogen oxide in the air only slightly exceeds the limit value. New euro 6 diesels will also be exempt, as will retrofitted buses, refuse collection and fire engines, and retrofitted tradesmen’s and delivery vehicles.

MORE MONEY FOR PAINTERS: the minimum wage for painters and varnishers will become effective on 1 january 2017. May raised. Unskilled workers will then receive 10.85 per hour, journeymen in western germany 13.30 euro and in eastern germany 12.95 euro.

TELEPHONE CALLS TO EU COUNTRIES: from the 15. May, charges for calls and text messages from the home country to other EU countries will be capped. A maximum of 19 cents per minute will be charged, regardless of whether the call is made from a landline or a cell phone. An SMS will then cost a maximum of 6 cents. According to the european consumer association, up to 1.99 euros per minute were recently charged in germany for international calls by cell phone. The charges for calls from foreign EU networks to the home country, for example, for calls home from vacation, had already been abolished in the summer of 2017.


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