Alcohol Tax, Taxes İn The Philippines, E-Cigarettes Tax, House Of Representatives, 18Th Congress, Joey Salceda

Alcohol Tax, Taxes İn The Philippines

House substitutes bill on alcohol tax hike to also include e-cigarette tax

Just before it is approved on 2nd reading, the bill increasing taxes on alcoholic drinks is substituted with a new version that expands its coverage

14.8.2019

Just before it is approved on 2nd reading, the bill increasing taxes on alcoholic drinks is substituted with a new version that expands its coverage.

Just before it is approved on 2nd reading, the bill increasing taxes on alcoholic drinks is substituted with a new version that expands its coverage

But through substitution that caught some lawmakers by surprise, HB No. 1026 was expanded to also include provisions increasing taxes on electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products.

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"[It was a] bill in substitution by [the] committee on rules," said Salceda.

House Deputy Speaker Dan Fernandez, who was presiding over the session, approved Bondoc's motion after no lawmaker objected.

This was echoed by Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate, who has long been against any proposal to increase taxes.

HB No. 1026 would increase excise taxes for distilled spirits like gin, rum, and vodka. The proposed increases are as follows:

From 2023 onwards, on top of the ad valorem tax, the specific tax will be increased by 7%.

The tax on fermented liquors and alcopops will be P32 per liter starting 2020.

Starting 2020, tax on heated tobacco products will be P45 per pack of 20 units or packaging combinations of not more than 20 units.

Specific tax per milliliter of vapor products with nicotine salts will increase to P35 to 2021, P40 to 2022, and P45 to 2023.

A total of 80% of the funds to be generated from the tax increases under HB No. 1026 would go to the

The remaining 20% would be divided for the following programs under the Department of Health (DOH): medical assistance, Health Insurance Facilities Enhancement Program, and"annual requirements" to be determined by the DOH.

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