If you're an unlicensed biodiesel blender in Australia, you'll probably want to pay close attention to the Australian Taxation Office's (ATO) upcoming Fuel Schemes Advisory Forum. That's when the ATO will decide if blenders who have been adding the biofuel to diesel without paying a charge will need to pay retrospective fines. The ATO will tell the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) its decision in March.
In many places around the world, roads are financed at least in part by a tax added to the price of fuel. When we head to the pumps, we pay for a little bit of the road we drive out onto as we leave the station. But people who make their own biofuels don't pay these taxes and yet they drive on roads other people pay for. To make sure the load is balanced out a bit, many governments tax biofuels whether they are home-brewed or purchased. To get an idea of how this plays out in Alaska, check out t