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Philippines: Tax reform for a healthier and competitive society

Samstag 5. Mai 2012 von htm

The Makati Business Club welcomes the initiative to reform excise taxes on tobacco and alcohol products, which would allow the government to optimize its revenue potential and create a strong disincentive for excessive tobacco and alcohol use.

We especially support the restructuring of the excise tax system from a multi-tiered structure to a unitary excise tax structure for tobacco and alcohol. This will effectively improve equity across cigarette and alcohol brands, promote market-based pricing in the industry, and encourage the entry of legitimate competition. It will also demonstrate the country’s commitment to open and fair competition, as well as its respectful compliance to international agreements.

We further push for the elimination of the price classification freeze so the government is free to levy competitive excise tax rates on tobacco and alcohol products. We believe that the current system has eroded the tax base, costing the Philippine government a substantial amount of foregone revenue. To address this loophole, we urge lawmakers to raise the excise tax rates and burden of tobacco and alcohol products, taking inflation into account yearly, to adequately reflect the negative externalities of consuming these goods. ….
(Source: Alcohol Reports, 05/05/12) mbc.com, 05/02/12

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WTO: APPELLATE BODY ISSUES REPORTS ON DISTILLED SPIRITS DISPUTES

Mittwoch 21. Dezember 2011 von htm

The Appellate Body, on 21 December 2011, issued its reports in the case “Philippines — Taxes on Distilled Spirits” (WT/DS396/AB/R and WT/DS403/AB/R).
> Appellate Body Report: http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news11_e/396_403abr_e.htm

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Philippines may increase alcohol, tobacco tax take

Dienstag 23. August 2011 von htm

The Philippine government will push a proposal to index taxes on alcohol and tobacco products to inflation that could raise around $1.4 billion in revenues as one of 13 priority bills in Congress this year, President Benigno Aquino said on Tuesday. …
For alcohol products, the bill proposes a uniform rate for three years before the tax is indexed to inflation.
However, the revised alcohol tax still provides for a different tariff on products made using local materials — a provision which the WTO says is discriminatory. … (Source: Alcohol Reports – News, 08/22/11) reuters.com, 08/16/11

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WTO: PANEL REPORT OUT ON DISTILLED-SPIRITS DISPUTE

Montag 15. August 2011 von htm

The WTO, on 15 August 2011, issued the report of the panel that had examined complaints by the European Union and the United States regarding “Philippines – Taxes on distilled spirits” (DS396 and DS403). Panel report

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Discriminatory taxation of distilled spirits in the Philippines

Mittwoch 20. Januar 2010 von htm

The European Union, being the Philippines‘ 4th largest trading partner, has requested the establishment of a WTO panel on the Philippines‘ excise tax regime on distilled spirits. The European Union considers that this regime discriminates against imported spirits and is thereby in clear breach of international trade rules. The EU has raised the issue with the Philippines repeatedly over the past years without success and WTO consultations held with the Philippines in Manila on 8 October 2009 failed to lead to a satisfactory solution.
European Trade Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said: „Unfortunately, WTO consultations have not indicated any clear prospect of a possible remedy to this longstanding tax discrimination against imported spirits. Therefore, the EU has no other option than requesting a WTO panel to rule on this issue. We are convinced the EU will prevail in what is a clear case of tax discrimination but we still hope the Philippine Government would remedy the situation without waiting for the completion of WTO dispute settlement procedures“. European industry has raised concerns since the introduction of a new Excise Tax Regime in the Philippines in 1997.
Those concerns became more serious as discrimination against imported spirits aggravated with subsequent reforms of this regime, notably with the introduction of new legislation in 2004. This has had a significant impact on exports of EU spirits to the Philippine market. More specifically, it is estimated that, from 2004 to 2007, EU exports of spirits to the Philippines have more than halved (from around €37 million to €18 million).
(Source: Eurocare Newsletter December 09-January 10) Comment: WTO protects the industry instead of the people. Let’s hope the consumption went down.

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