The government is considering increasing the excise tax on alcohol and cigarettes. The draft law on this issue has already been submitted to the Chamber of Deputies and sent for first reading – we can read it on the website of the Chamber of Deputies of our Parliament. The excise tax on alcohol is expected to increase by 10 percent in 2022 and by 5 percent each year for the years to come until 2027. The governors say the changes aim to reduce the consumption of stimulants by consumers. consumers.
It is a bill to amend the excise tax law. The new regulations will come into force in early 2022.
The next session of the House is scheduled for October 28 and 29.
Excise tax on alcohol and cigarettes – amendments
According to the project, the rates of excise duties on ethyl alcohol, beer, wine and fermented beverages excluding cider, beer (pear alcohol) and intermediate products will be increased by 10% in 2022. The proposed regulation also provides for an increase in the minimum excise tax. on cigarettes from 100% currently to 105% of the total amount of excise duty and the rate of excise duty on innovative products by increasing the specified rate of 100%. He added that a minimum excise tax rate for smoking will also be introduced at 100 percent of the total excise tax.
In turn, for the years 2023-2027, it was proposed to introduce a schedule for increasing the excise tax on: ethyl alcohol, beer, wine, fermented drinks and intermediate products each year. at the rate of 5%; Cigarettes and tobacco Smoking cigars, cigars, innovative products and raw tobacco, increasing the share each year by 10 percent.
Watch TVN24 online on TVN24 GO >>>
Price of alcohol and cigarettes
The authors of the project noted in the rationale that âan increase in excise duty rates will lead to an increase in the prices of alcoholic beveragesâ.
Government calculations show that if the financial burden is passed on to consumers, the potential price increase will be: in the case of a bottle of vodka, 40%. – about 1.50 PLN; bottles of dry wine (0.75 l) – about 16 grs; a half-liter can of beer – about 6 grs; Packets of cigarettes – about 30 grs.
âThe main objective of the increase in excise duty on alcoholic beverages is to reduce the consumption of stimulants by consumers. The availability of alcohol in Poland is very high and, taking into account the inflation factor, without increasing the excise rates, the accessibility of alcoholic beverages will continue to increase – underlined in the justification.
As stated, the target itself is guided by an increase in the rates of excise duty on smoking tobacco and cigarettes, from 2023, “ie, first of all, from reduce consumption of the above products by consumers, especially minors “.
The state budget will benefit from these changes. As noted in the Regulatory Impact Assessment, the government assumes that by 2022, thanks to the increase, an additional PLN 2 billion will be allocated to the state budget. In 2023, state budget revenue will amount to almost PLN 4.5 billion, in 2024 – nearly PLN 6.7 billion, in 2025 – around PLN 9 billion, and in 2026 – over PLN 11.4 billion. In turn, from 2027 the state budget will receive an additional PLN 14 billion per year.
In the first 10 years of the entry into force of the new regulations, the state credit union is expected to finance an additional PLN 103 billion.
The proposed law was challenged by the Liuatan ConfederationThese are protests – as was confirmed a few days ago – “against the sharp increases in the excise tax on alcohol from January 1, 2022”. “The increase is purely financial in nature and serves to obtain colossal sums from businesses and citizens for urgent state needs,” said the organization.
Source of the main image: stock market struggle