Tax relief for tobacco growers

17-Oct-2019 Intellasia | BangkokPost | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The Excise Department will cut the tobacco tax from 10 satang to 2.5 satang per gramme for one year, starting January 1, 2020, to give farmers time to adjust to the new rate.

The move comes after tobacco farmers complained that the higher tax rate of 10 satang per gramme enforced from May 7, 2019 had taken a toll on their income, and was inconsistent with the Excise Department’s recent decision to push back a 40 percent cigarette tax hike by one year to October 1, 2020.

Only retail farmers who produce fine-cut tobacco and those with an annual production output up to 12,000 kilogrammes are entitled to the temporary excise tax cut, said Nutthakorn Utensute, director of the Excise Department’s Bureau of Tax Planning.

Thailand has 10,450 tobacco growers, of whom 15 have production capacity of more than 12,000 kilogrammes a year. They are in Nong Khai, Phetchabun and Chaiyapum provinces.

The previous government approved a hike in the excise tax on tobacco to 10 satang per gramme from 0.5 satang to narrow the retail price gap between factory-made and hand-rolled cigarettes, after many smokers switched to rolling their own to avoid the increase.


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