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Tax to rise on zero-alcohol beer

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Tax to rise on zero-alcohol beer

By The Nation

 

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The Finance Ministry plans to raise the excise tax rate on zero-alcohol beer, saying it would discourage people from start drinking. 

 

Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana said on Wednesday that the Excise Department of the ministry would  soon complete a study on raising tax on zero-alcohol beer from the current rate of  14 per cent, the same level as on soft drinks, which is lower than the rate on beer.

 

The ministry is concerned that zero-alcohol beer may lead to new drinkers switching to alcoholic drinks, said Uttama, adding that the higher tax rate will still be lower than that on beer.

 

The ministry will also regroup tax rates on beverages. For example,  functional drinks such as  water mixed with vitamins,or cologne, will be taxed lower than beverages with high sugar content.  

 

The ministry, he said,  is also considering whether to delay a new round of  tax hike on cigarette as the state-owned Thailand Tobacco Monopoly, has complained about the severe impact on its business from the last tax increases.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/business/30376089

 

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2 minutes ago, webfact said:

The ministry, he said,  is also considering whether to delay a new round of  tax hike on cigarette as the state-owned Thailand Tobacco Monopoly, has complained about the severe impact on its business from the last tax increases.

Sorted, NO increase on tax. 

It's sad when greed and profit come before trying to improve people's health, by encouraging them to pack in. 

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3 minutes ago, webfact said:

The ministry is concerned that zero-alcohol beer may lead to new drinkers switching to alcoholic drinks

I'm 55 - and I'm sure many of you are older and wiser - but I have yet to meet anyone that turned from a non-alcoholic beer drinker into a rampant drunk

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Do these fools really know why zero alcohol beer was developed for in the 1st place? This country certainly get the politicians they deserve from a junta rigged election!

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These people have run out of ideas of what else to tax. Cars, alcohol, cigarettes, high sugar content drinks, no alcohol beer.

 

They should tax rice also, at the end of the day it does have too many carbs.

 

No wonder there is little compliance on revenue tax, Thais don't care, they don't care.

 

Why chase people for tax, when indirect tax is so much better.

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The Thai government is insolvent and looking for tax revenues EVERYWHERE

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This is strange!? 

I always thought that you should promote the better alternative.

Here they are adding more tax on that instead. Wonder what effect that will have?

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same as taxing soft drinks... the sugar

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They should have the manufacturer blur out the word beer...this censorship will curtail consumption...as it does with alcohol, tobacco, guns, knives and sex...😂

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15 minutes ago, quadperfect said:

Where is this beer available anyway? Never seen it been looking for 13 years

No idea, never looked!

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1 hour ago, Fex Bluse said:

The Thai government is insolvent and looking for tax revenues EVERYWHERE

Except from the pockets of the obscenely wealthy.

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2 hours ago, lkv said:

These people have run out of ideas of what else to tax. Cars, alcohol, cigarettes, high sugar content drinks, no alcohol beer.

 

They should tax rice also, at the end of the day it does have too many carbs.

 

No wonder there is little compliance on revenue tax, Thais don't care, they don't care.

 

Why chase people for tax, when indirect tax is so much better.

There's only a small tax-base so far as income tax goes.

 

Indirect taxes tend to hit the poorer harder, that's part of why the wealthy are so keen on them.

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Why not just raise the tax on bad beer (alcohol) and lower it on good beer (no alcohol)?  How do people with no brains get into such elevated positions?

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