Saudi Arabia Comes Closer to Sugar and Tobacco Taxes

April 18, 2017 Taxation in Saudi Arabia

Energy Drinks in Saudi ArabiaRIYADH – Smokers and energy drink aficionados will soon feel the financial sting of hefty new taxes on their vices.

The Shura Council of Saudi Arabia has given its endorsement to a new selective tax measure which will see harmful substances heavily taxed.

The new taxes will apply to carbonated drinks, energy drinks, and tobacco, in an effort to curb the spread of obesity and health problems.

The taxes are also intended to raise an extra SAR 10 billion in tax revenues per year, as part of the government’s plan to close it SAR 279 billion budget gap.

Upon approval of the new measure, carbonated sold in Saudi Arabia will face a tax burden of 50 percent of the sale price, while tobacco and energy drinks will face a tax of 100 percent of the sale price.

The new tax shall now be provided to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for final approval and eventual implementation.