Drinks and Smokes Targeted for Tax in UAE

October 2, 2017 Taxation in UAE

Drinks CansABU DHABI – Drinking energy drinks and smoking cigarettes is about to become more expensive in the UAE.

On October 1st the United Arab Emirates began collecting sin-taxes on selected products deemed to be harmful to human health, with the newly raised funds being used to plug the growing deficits seen by the government over recent years.

The new taxes have come to be called “sin taxes” and will be levied on the sale of cigarettes, tobacco, soft drinks, and energy drinks.

The rate of the tax has been set at 100 percent for the sale of energy drinks and tobacco, and a smaller rate of 50 percent of soft drinks.

The “sin tax” is the precursor for further taxes to be enacted in the near future, with a 5 percent VAT to be levied from January next year on selected goods.

The new taxes are part of the of the government’s efforts to reduce its reliance on revenues from the sale of oil around the world.

With the international slump in oil prices, many Gulf countries have been scrambling to shore up their budgets by introducing new tax measures.