Rada adopted the increase in excise taxes on tobacco products
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted on first reading a draft law "On Amending the Law of Ukraine" About rates of excise duty on tobacco products.
"In favor of the bill voted 235 people's deputies of the 437 registered in the sessional hall.
The bill plans to establish the following rates of excise tax on tobacco products: cigars, including a cigar with the ends cut off, and cheroots and cigarillos (thin cigars) with the contents of tobacco - 60 UAH per 100 pieces, Cigarettes without a filter, a cigarette - 35 UAH per 1000; Cigarettes with filter - 60 UAH for 1000, tobacco and manufacturing tobacco substitutes, tobacco "homogenized" or "reconditioned", tobacco extracts and essences - 25 UAH per 1 kg of smoking tobacco for the content or the content of substitutes in any proportion - 35 UAH per 1 kg; snuff and chewing tobacco - 10 UAH per 1 kg.
At the same time, former Minister of Finance of Ukraine Victor Pinzenyk believes that raising the rates of excise duty on tobacco products should be carried out within the framework of a coherent policy with neighboring countries.
"I admit such a solution," - said the ex-minister, commenting on the current support of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in the first reading of a bill to increase the excise tax on tobacco products.
However, in the opinion of Pinzenyka, "the only problem that arises here and you want to respond always, is to match the rates of excise taxes in related countries."
Pinzenyk reminded that Ukraine has repeatedly had problems with the activation of contraband tobacco products. In particular, the ex-minister, it was a particularly significant weight in 5-6 years ago.
"If the excise tax from the neighboring countries are More or less relevant, such a decision (to raise excise taxes on tobacco) should be taken. And if a policy to increase the excise agree with key partners, neighbors - this is Russia, Belarus, Moldova - then this could to give More revenue to the budget ", - has summed up Pinzenyk.
Recall previously reported that the excise tax on Cigarettes from April 1, will raise by 30-40%. Additional income will be four billion UAH. A bill to increase the rates of excise duty on tobacco products brought by eight People's Deputies of the two largest factions in the Verkhovna Rada - BYuT and Party of Regions.
This, according to one of the sponsors of the document - MP Olesja Doniya - greatly increases the chances of its adoption in the sessional hall.
The first reading was scheduled for today. Supporters believe the new bill: rise of Cigarettes by an average of 1,25-2 UAH reduce the number of smokers and replenish the budget. Against increasing the excise tax supports the head of committee on taxation and customs policy Sergei Terekhin. In his view, the new rates will surge in smuggling from Russia and Moldova.