Tobacco Tax Update

The Tobacco Tax Program of the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) participated in the “Malnutrition, Poverty, and Tobacco Consumption” Seminar last 23 February 2016 at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Jakarta. The seminar was co-organized  by the Demographic Institute – Faculty of Economics and Business University of Indonesia and SEATCA.    The main objective of the seminar is to disseminate the urgency of tobacco control in combating malnutrition and poverty to achieve Sustainab...
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Tobacco Tax Update 8 Feb 2016

  On 4 February, 2016, The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) led its Executive Director, Ms. Bungon Ritthiphakdee and the World Health Organization Cambodia conducted a meeting with the General Department of Taxation (GDT), Ministry of Economy and Finance (MOEF) led by His Excellency Mr.Um Seiha, Deputy Director General of  GDT to discuss the WHO FCTC Article 6 Guidelines implementation in Cambodia. The members of the newly established Excise Tax Division also actively p...
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‘Sin’ tax take exceeds target

MANILA, Philippines–Collections of so-called ‘sin’ taxes from alcohol and cigarette products exceeded the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s September target by 45.5 percent. As the volume of sales of “sin products” continued to be steady despite the additional taxes slapped on the goods, Revenue Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares on Wednesday said that the sin tax rates could be further jacked up without affecting consumption. Data from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) presented during a h...
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Tobacco Excise hike deals a blow to cigarette makers

Satria Sambiijantoro and Linda Yulisman, The Jakarta Post President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s administration issued a regulation on Friday raising the tobacco excise, a move that should help the new government achieve its excise target of Rp 120.5 trillion (US$99.9 billion) in the 2015 state budget. A new Finance Ministry Regulation (PMK) enacted Friday will increase the excise for tobacco-related goods by an average of 8.7 percent, effective beginning Jan. 1 2015, according to Finance Mi...
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Way Forward to Utilize The 2% Tobacco Excise Revenue Sharing and The 10% Local Cigarette Tax for Health Objective

Last 26 June 2014, a workshop entitled ‘Way Forward to Utilize The 2% Tobacco Excise Revenue Sharing and The 10% Local Cigarette Tax for Health Objective’ was held in Lombok, Indonesia. The workshop was attended by city representatives from the Health District Office (Dinas Kesehatan), Local Planning & Development Board (Badan Perencanaan Daerah), and Economic & Development Assistants from the following Local Governments: Nusa Tenggara Barat Province and West Lombok District, East Lombok...
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Protect ‘sin’ tax gains, lawmakers urge

Lawmakers yesterday called for vigilance in protecting the gains of the country’s sin tax reform after the Philippine government received recognition from international groups for the landmark legislation. “There is a need to be extra alert against those who want Republic Act 10351 (Sin Tax Law) amended over its supposed failure to curb smuggling and tax evasion. The law works as evidenced by record collections of sin taxes,” Rep. Rodolfo Albano III, who comes from the tobacco producing 2nd D...
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Growing threats to Sin Tax reform

By: Rey Gamboa Philippines Star 09 January 2014 With the higher taxes arising from the new Sin Tax Reform Law passed end-2012, two unshakeable facts have emerged. First, that the now more expensive alcohol and tobacco products are still popular consumer items, what with continued patronage by local customers in 2013. Second, that the government is collecting much more than it originally estimated from levies on the sale of liquor and cigarettes, and that this should increase further in ...
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Triple tobacco tax, prevent 200 million deaths

Tripling tobacco tax globally would cut smoking by one-third and prevent 200 million premature deaths this century from lung cancer and other diseases, according to a Cancer Research UK review published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Boosting tax by a large fixed amount per cigarette would encourage people to quit smoking altogether rather than switch to a cheaper brand, and would help stop young people from starting, concludes the review, Global Effects of Smoking, of Quitting and o...
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Downgrading of Marlboro Undervalues Sin Tax Law

Downgrading of Marlboro Undervalues Sin Tax Law MANILA, Philippines – Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp. (PMFTC) is requesting for the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)’s approval to downgrade Marlboro cigarettes from the high-price to the low-price category of the Sin Tax Law. PMFTC wants to take advantage of the lower taxes imposed on the low-price category in order to regain its market share as its production volume has fallen to 68-billion sticks this year from 92- billion in 2012. Acc...
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