Plastic Bag Tax Proposed in Guam

February 19, 2018 Taxation in USA

Plastic bag taxHAGÅTÑA – Plastic bags could soon carry a tax or fee in Guam, both for shoppers and businesses.

Shopping in Guam could become more expensive for fans of the humble plastic bag, as a new bill has been introduced to add taxes for imported bags and those given to shoppers.

Under the scope of the new rules, shops and restaurants which distribute a plastic bag to a customer without charging a USD 0.25 fee will face a fine of USD 500 for the first offence, and a USD 1 000 fine for any subsequent offence.

The businesses themselves would also pay a tax of USD 0.10 per plastic bag imported into Guam.

The tax is not specifically aimed at being a significant source of new revenue, but an incentive for businesses and consumers to wean themselves off their reliance on plastic bags.
The bag tax would be launched on April 1st 2018.

The tax would be followed by a ban on the provision of plastic bags in October 2018.

It is currently estimated that an average person in Guam uses 500 plastic bags per year.