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Don’t Over Tax Vapes, Says NZ Advocacy Group

May 14, 2018 Taxation in New Zealand

tobacco taxationWELLINGTON – As more people stop smoking, the government of New Zealand has to be careful not to discourage cessation through over taxation.

The New Zealand advocacy group, the Taxpayers’ Union, is calling on the government to ensure that it does not resort to taxing tobacco alternatives such as vapes or HEETS.

It has been estimated that the growing popularity of tobacco alternatives in New Zealand will lead to a tax gap of NZD 1.8 billion, as fewer people purchase cigarettes and loose tobacco.

Introducing a tax on vape liquids and similar products could reduce the incentive for smokers to choose healthier options, and “would perpetuate a major cause of financial harm for some of the poorest New Zealanders.”

The Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke said that “some lost tax re...

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Hike Cigarette Taxes, Says Pakistan Health Ministry

April 11, 2018 Taxation in Pakistan

cigarette taxesISLAMABAD – Cigarette taxes in Pakistan need to be raised, not lowered, says the national Ministry of Health Services.

The Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination of Pakistan has called on the government to raise taxes on cigarettes sold in the country, as the move could boost tax revenues and have positive health effects for taxpayers.

The Ministry is calling for their previously proposed plan to be enacted, with a PKR 44 tax on each 20 pack of cigarettes sold.

The tax is forecast to result in a 13.2 percent drop in smoking rates in the country, a PKR 39.5 billion rise in tax revenues, and a 0.65 million drop in premature deaths in the country.

However, despite the Ministry’s recommendations, the government has implemented a PKR 16 per pack tax, which it claim...

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NZ Will Review Smoking Taxes

March 16, 2018 Taxation in New Zealand

taxes on smokingWELLINGTON – Taxes on cigarettes may be leading to inequality and increased rates of crime in New Zealand.

The government of New Zealand has announced that it will review the impact that taxes on tobacco have had on the country, as there are some indications that the measures have not all proven to be good.

Tobacco taxes in New Zealand have consistently risen by 10 percent in January for a number of years.

The hikes are intended to be the main pillar of the government’s smoke-free 2025 policy.

More tax hikes are already scheduled to be enacted up until 2020.

The government will now review what impact the tax hikes have had on the country, and to what extent have the hikes encouraged smokers to quit.

The review will also look at what financial impact smoking has had on smokers and socie...

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Oman Doubles Down on Cigarette Taxes

February 12, 2018 Taxation in Oman

Cigarette taxesMUSCAT – Oman is using cigarette taxes as a main point in their plan to fight non-communicable diseases.

Over the weekend the government of Oman launched their new National Policy and Multi-Sectoral Plan on Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases, which includes hefty hikes to the rates of tax levied on the sale of tobacco.

The rate of tax on the sale of cigarettes will now be doubled, in an effort to curb the rate of smoking in the country, and, subsequently, the occurrences of smoking-related illness.

The rate of tax on cigarettes was OMR 0.4, which was set in 2016, following 17 years of unwavering tax levels.

It is estimated that approximately 14 percent of men in Oman smoke, while the rate of smoking among women is approximately 0.5 percent.

Along with the tax hike, the...

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Cigarette Taxes Fluctuate Widely Across USA

January 26, 2018 Taxation in USA

cigarette taxWASHINGTON D.C. – The taxes on cigarettes range widely across the USA, and the differences may be leading to smuggling.

The Tax Foundation has released the results of their new research showing the range of taxes applied across different states in the USA on the sale of cigarettes.

All cigarettes sold in the USA are subject to a state tax and a federal tax.

The federal tax for a 20-pack of cigarettes is USD 1.0066, regardless of where it is sold.

However, the taxes levied by each individual state authority varies widely.

New York state and Connecticut levy the highest rate of tax, at USD 4.35 per pack, followed by Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Hawaii, at USD 4.25, USD 3.51, and USD 3.20 respectively.

Conversely, North Dakota, Georgia, and Virginia have the lowest tax rates at USD 0...

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