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Proposals for tax measures due to the current energy situation

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Due to the changed conditions for the European electricity market, the Swedish Ministry of Finance has sent a memorandum for public consultation with two proposals that aim to increase production of electricity in waste incineration and cogeneration plants and lead to energy efficiency improvements for data centers.

Abolished tax on waste incineration

The first proposal is for an abolition of the waste incineration tax. The tax was introduced on 1 April 2020 and is levied on waste in waste incineration and cogeneration plants. When evaluating the tax it has turned out that it has not had the intended effects of better and more non-toxic waste management. The tax has instead hampered investments in the sector.

The waste incineration tax is proposed to be abolished from 1 January 2023.

Abolished tax reduction for data centers

The proposal is to abolish the reduction in energy tax for energy consumed in data centers. The tax reduction was introduced in 2017. According to the memo there were completely different conditions at the time and now it is time to reconsider the tax reduction. An abolition of the tax reduction is intended to act as an additional incentive for data centers to become more energy efficient.

The tax reduction is proposed to be abolished from 1 July 2023.

Comments

The reduction in energy tax for data centers was introduced to attract such businesses to Sweden and especially in the north of Sweden and in less populated areas. We assume that the proposals will be the subject of negotiations after the recently held elections. If the proposals are included in the negotiations and make it into the annual budget bill there is a chance that the dates above could be upheld. However some parties have signaled that they are opposed to increasing the tax on data centers for reasons of investment security.

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Link to the Ministry of Finance’s promemoria (in swedish):
https://www.regeringen.se/rattsliga-dokument/departementsserien-och-promemorior/2022/09/avskaffad-avfallsforbranningsskatt-och-slopad-energiskattenedsattning-for-datorhallar/

Fredrik Jonsson & Marc Gren

Fredrik Jonsson & Marc Gren

Fredrik and Marc are specialised in excise duties and environmental policy instruments.
Fredrik: 070-929 4163, fredrik.jonsson@pwc.com
Marc: 073-860 18 84, marc.gren@pwc.com

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