Govt to increase alcohol tax again

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Re: Govt to increase alcohol tax again

Post by Big Boy » Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:00 am

I'd disagree with that statement Steve. Certainly it has reduced the number of smokers.
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Post by StevePIraq » Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:07 am

Or could that be because of the UK health campaigns targeting smokers. In Thailand I never see any anti smoking or drinking campaigns.
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Re: Govt to increase alcohol tax again

Post by Farang » Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:29 pm

Four things are inevitable:

1. Death.
2. Taxes.
3. The increase in taxes, including death tax.
4. Complaints about taxes and their increase, but much fewer complaints about death.
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Re: Govt to increase alcohol tax again

Post by HHTel » Sun Mar 05, 2017 3:51 pm

StevePIraq wrote:
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Or could that be because of the UK health campaigns targeting smokers. In Thailand I never see any anti smoking or drinking campaigns.
There have been many but in Thai. They wouldn't aim these campaigns at 'farangs' which is probably why the majority of us don't notice.. Every Lent there is usually a call to support 'no-drinking'.

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Re: Govt to increase alcohol tax again

Post by Big Boy » Sun Mar 05, 2017 3:58 pm

My son usually tries to give up drinking alcohol for Buddhist Lent. He's managed the full period twice so far.
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Re: Govt to increase alcohol tax again

Post by HHTel » Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:03 pm

Good for him. Some effort is better than nothing.

Wait! Who am I to talk? Smoked a pack a day since 13 and only had a few half-hearted attempts to quit! I've never tried to quit drinking although I'm not a heavy drinker.

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Re: Govt to increase alcohol tax again

Post by crazy88 » Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:39 am

Just realised it is the 6th march and went to the restaurant to check and panic buy. Still 45 Bt for a small Heineken or San Miguel light. The place is busy and gets daily deliveries so I guess it has had no impact yet so why are bars putting prices up? Visited the large wholesaler on Palau road last night for a box of wine and no price increases observed. Sounds like it is coming though :roll: Until then :cheers:

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Re: Govt to increase alcohol tax again

Post by HHTel » Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:55 pm

I think it's expected in the middle of the year. I'm guessing that many are speculating on the retail price of booze going up by up to 150%. The way I read it is that the TAX will be increased by up to that, not the retail price. Previously tax was based on wholesale and now they're moving it to retail. I think we'll find that the increase on retail price will be nothing like the speculation.

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Re: Govt to increase alcohol tax again

Post by HHTel » Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:15 pm

People were confused about tax ceilings stipulated in the new excise law, said Somchai Poolsavasdi, director-general of the Excise Depart-ment. The tax ceiling on beer, wine and liquor will be 30 per cent of retail prices, or Bt3,000 per litre of alcohol. The new tax ceiling on cigarettes is much higher, at 90 per cent of the retail price.

“The ceiling rates are set for the next 20 years. But the applied rate will be much lower initially as we do not want to increase the tax burden,” Somchai said.

Prapas Kong-Ied, deputy permanent secretary of the Finance Ministry, echoed Somchai’s remarks, saying that making tax rates too high would encourage smuggling, and then the cost of law enforcement would rise.

“It is not worth the effort,” he said, trying to allay fears of a sharp rise in the prices of alcoholic beverages.
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