Nov 14, 2017

‘Harder the liquor, higher the tax’ Featured

There is opposition within government ranks to the introduction of excise tax on the basis of the levels of alcohol content.

Rajitha Senaratne told parliament yesterday (13) that as the health minister, he opposed the concession given for beer, and asked finance minister Mangala Samaraweera to withdraw it.

A reduction in the price could influence schoolchildren into drinking beer, he said.

Champika 670px 29 10 17Patali Champika Ranawaka told the House two days previously that Kasippu, the illicit liquor, could not be contained by reducing the beer price, and that that would only deny an income to the state.

Also, that will influence children and women into drinking beer, said Ranawaka.

Internationally-accepted excise tax procedure

When referred these criticisms to a senior official of the finance ministry, he said ‘harder the liquor, higher the tax.’

If an alcoholic beverage with a liquor content lower than that of beer enters the market, the tax will be less, he said, adding that that is the internationally-accepted excise tax procedure.

 

 

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