The Parliament’s Finance Committee has published its comments on the alcohol tax increases proposed by the government.
“The committee is proposing that the tax increase on ciders be equivalent to that on other mild beverages. The consequent, roughly three million euro dip in tax revenues would be offset by adjusting the tax rates on all groups of beverages,” it stated on Thursday.
The Finance Committee is thus effectively calling for higher-than-proposed increases on the tax on beers, wines and spirits and lower-than-proposed increases on the tax on ciders. Its proposal would raise the tax on beer to 35.55 cents per centilitre of ethyl alcohol and the alcohol tax paid for a 33 centilitre can of beer with an alcohol content of 4.7 per cent by roughly five cents to 44.15 cents.
A 33 centilitre can of cider with an alcohol content of 5.5 per cent, in turn, would include an alcohol tax of 61.71 cents instead of the current 55.77 cents and the 64.35 cents proposed by the government.
The objective of the proposal is to generate additional tax revenues of one hundred million euros.
Two members of the committee issued an objection to the report: Peter Östman (Christian Democrats) is calling for even higher tax hikes to generate additional revenues of 200 million euros, while Kari Uotila (Left Alliance) is demanding that the government reduce the value-added tax on alcoholic beverages served at pubs and restaurants.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi