Since Monday, the monthly subsidy of five euros issued by the entity Autovoucher has increased to 20 euros to compensate for the sharp rise in fuel prices.
The Autovoucher is now 20 euros. How does it work?
Autovoucher, which came into effect in November 2021, was increased in early March from five euros per month to 20 euros to compensate for the unprecedented rise in fuel prices. This program uses the same platform as IVAucher (program for restaurants, culture and accommodation) .
"Faced with the escalation of priceWe had to act immediately," said Finance Minister João Leão in a press conference last Friday, announcing that the Autovoucher would give 20 euros in March. For now, the government still does not know if the program will continue in April, referring to the evaluation that will be made in the European framework to then decide.
With this "discount" there is a saving of 30 cents per liter on an average consumption in Portugal of 70 liters per car, according to Leão. However, one problem remains: the membership of consumers in the IVAucher platform, a necessary condition to access the aid. The minister said membership was easy, but acknowledged that only 1.6 million taxpayers had registered so far.
This is the reason why the state has only returned 26 million euros so far, while the forecast is 133 million euros for the last five months. With this increase in the subsidy for March alone, the Ministry of Finance is forecasting an additional expenditure of 40 million euros.
So, how do you benefit from this assistance
The assistance will be granted to each taxpayer and not per household. Three essential conditions must be met: you must register via your TIN on the IVAucher/Autovoucher Those who have already registered do not need to do so again. You must fill up at a participating gas station and pay the bill with a credit card in your name.
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