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House agrees with the amendment to the Excise Tax Act, marking up the cigarettes and tobacco


HOUSE (MEDIAFAX) - The excise tax on cigarettes expected to increase over the next two years by 15 cents each, will increase the taxation of cigars and significantly increase tax and tobacco smoking. It provides for an amendment to the Excise Tax Act, which in the middle of the Chamber of Deputies passed a second reading.

"It's more or less technical amendment, which partially implements the European Directive on excise duties," said the center's newsletter to normal Radim Fiala (ODS).

According to Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek (TOP 09), this amendment is necessary and the Czech Republic is obliged to accept it.

"In 2013, the price should pack of cigarettes to rise by about two crowns in 2014 and a further two crowns," calculated after consideration of the government standards Prime Minister Petr Necas (ODS), with the state budget is to bring a change of 1.7 billion crowns .

The minimum payment of one cigarette in the excise duty is 2.10 crown this year, next year will be 2.16 crowns in 2014 and even two crowns and 25 cents. For cigars and cigarillos will increase the tax burden over two years to five cents each. Tobacco excise duty will raise the price for this year of 1400 crowns per kilogram in 1620 crowns in the next year and up to 1800 crowns in 2014.

"Changing the rates of excise duty on cigarettes is designed to January 1, 2014 to achieve minimum levels of excise duty (European) directive," said the Finance Ministry as a submitter standards.

"The rate of excise duty on tobacco smoking was based on the requirements resulting from the meeting of economic ministers, which was set approximation of excise duties on tobacco smoking to 75 percent of the minimum rates of cigarettes in 2013 and 80 percent of the minimum ratescigarettes in 2014, "said Miroslav Kalousek resort.

'Higher load of expensive cigarettes is particularly preferable to avoid because it would support a change in consumer preferences and led to the transition from expensive to cheap cigarettes, which would lead to decreases in excise tax revenue. Among other things, because those are cheap in terms of greater market illegal contraband and smuggling, "said Standard on Necas.

The Prime Minister summed up and their relationship to smoking. "I am known as an avowed aggressive non-smoker, so I welcome every step that leads to the fight against smoking. Many times I said that in the absence of black and gray market, so let a pack of cigarettes is still 150 crowns. I'd ever had with any problem. However, we all know that it would immediately lead to a mass increase in smuggling and illegal production of cigarettes, so it did not handle anything, "he said.

The amendment also includes changes resulting from the experience of the tax. Adjusting further proposes to allow in certain cases, use of collateral for the payment of tax arrears at all taxes. "The amendment is also clearly defined the relationship between security tax law on excise taxes and hedging instruments Tax Code," the ministry said.

The powers of the tax to be redesigned to reflect the tax law and so avoid any duplication or narrowing of the tax authority.

The mineral oil standard introduces refund if these oils used for mineralogical and metallurgical processes. Also be updated for the refund of other so-called petrol.

In the area of ??tobacco products has a law to allow the customer to ask the customs office responsible for payment to reduce the value of tobacco stamps in their collection or to reduce the collateral value of tobacco stamps in their collection. The standard specifies the conditions and how the customer may ask for such a reduction, and also set the amount of reduction in payment or collateral.

The amendment provides for the concept of legal regulation of administrative offenses in order to be more transparent. Editing divides administrative offenses the offenses of natural persons and legal or administrative offenses enterprising individuals.

The material shall also act on the Customs Administration of the Czech Republic and in connection with the adjustment of powers to check the mail and some other sub-technical in nature.

MEPs on Wednesday to discuss the standard ordered the Budget Committee.

The amendment is to begin working, and to selected provisions from 1 January 2013.

Philip Nachtmann, Jan Kálal, nachtmann@mediafax.cz

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