Kazakhstan increases excise tax on filtered and unfiltered cigarettes to 3,000 tenge/1,000 units in 2014, 3,900 tenge/1,000 units in 2015, 5,000 tenge/1,000 units in 2016

ALMATY, Kazakhstan , January 6, 2014 () – Excise taxes on strong alcoholic beverages and tobacco products in Kazakhstan will be raised in stages from 1 January 2014 until the end of 2016.

The excise tax on alcoholic beverages except for cognac, brandy, wine, beer and wine material will be set at 1,000 tenge in 2014 (154.06/$1) per liter; 1,200 tenge in 2015 and 1,600 tenge in 2016. Earlier, the excise tax on alcohol was 500 tenge per liter.

The excise tax on filtered cigarettes and unfiltered cigarettes in 2014 will be 3,000 tenge per 1,000, 3,900 tenge in 2015 and 5,000 tenge in 2016. The excise tax on cigarillos will grow to 3,700 tenge in 2014 per 1,000; 4,800 tenge in 2015; 6,225 tenge in 2016; cigars will be levied with 475 tenge per unit in 2014 , 620 tenge in 2015 and 750 tenge in 2016.

The excise tax on pipe, smoking, chewing, snuff, hookah and other packed tobacco to 3,800 tenge per kilogram 2014; 4,900 tenge in 2015 and 7,345 tenge in 2016.

The exsice tax on non-filtered cigarettes previously was 950 tenge per 1000 pieces and 1,930 tenge for cigarillos per 1,000; 150 tenge for cigars per unit and 1,940 tenge per kilogram of tobacco.

Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov said eralier that by 2020, the Kakzah gievnemtn planned to bring the excise taxes on alcoholic beverages in line with our major trading partners in the Customs Union.

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