The tax reduction on fuel was the same in all federal states – the price change at the gas station was by no means the same, as an evaluation by the German Economic Institute shows.

The reduction in taxes on fuel has caused fuel prices in Saarland, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg to fall less than in other federal states.

In an evaluation by the Institute of the German Economy (IW) in Cologne, these countries show the lowest declines in daily average prices from Tuesday to Thursday for both premium E10 petrol and diesel. In the north and parts of the east, the drop was several cents per liter higher. The deadline for the tax cut was Wednesday June 1st.

Specifically, the IW determined a minus of 22.5 cents per liter of E10 and 7.3 cents for diesel for Saarland. In Baden-Württemberg it was 23.1 cents for E10 and 8.0 for diesel, in Bavaria 23.6 and 8.0 cents.

The average daily price for E10 fell the most in Saxony, at 28.8 cents per liter. It is followed by Bremen with 28.5 cents, Thuringia with 28.2 and Brandenburg with 28.0 cents. In North Rhine-Westphalia the decline was 27.3 cents, in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein it was 27.0 cents each. It is followed by Saxony-Anhalt (26.4), Hesse (26.2), Berlin (26.0), Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (25.9), Lower Saxony (25.8) and Rhineland-Palatinate with a decline of 25.1 cents per Liter. The calculated tax rebate for petrol is 35.2 cents per liter.

In the case of diesel, the biggest minus was 12.0 cents in Bremen, followed by Schleswig-Holstein with 11.4, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania with 10.3, Lower Saxony with 10.1 and Hamburg with 10.0 cents. It is followed by NRW with 9.9 cents, Hesse (9.7), Rhineland-Palatinate and Brandenburg (9.6 each), Thuringia (9.3), Berlin (9.0) and Saxony-Anhalt (8.8). and Saxony with 8.6 cents per liter. The tax cut for diesel is 16.7 cents. However, it is not valid at the pump, but from the tank farm or refinery, so gas stations may still have stocks for which a higher tax was due.

Where the differences between the countries come from is not clear, said IW expert Thomas Puls. “But it looks like it plays a role from which refinery the gas stations are supplied.” There are also big differences between the individual gas stations. Overall, the subsidence in the north is more pronounced than in the south.