Proposed bill to increase cigarette tax by NT$20 per pack

The China Post
Date: March 14, 2017
By: Christine Chou, The China Post with CNA

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Legislators on Monday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would

This photo shows a wall of cigarettes on display at a convenience store in Taipei on Monday, March 13. (Alan Fong, The China Post)

increase the tax on cigarettes by NT$20 a pack.

If the law is passed, the tobacco tax would increase from the NT$590 per 1,000 cigarettes to NT$1,590 per 1,000 — or from NT$11.8 a pack to NT$31.8 per pack.

If approved, the law would come into effect as early as June.

Raising the cigarette tax was part of a set of policies announced earlier this year.

These policies were aimed at generating more funds for the government’s long-term care program.    [FULL  STORY]

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