A bill on excise taxes on chips and soda introduced in the state Duma

MOSCOW, December 24. The Deputy of the state Duma from “Fair Russia” Oleg Mikheyev introduced Thursday to the Senate bill, which proposes to impose excise taxes on junk food – chips and soda. In the case of adoption of the initiative, 100-gram bag of chips may increase by at least 12 rubles, and a standard two-liter bottle of soda – 30 rubles.

“Charges will be levied on potato chips and soda is high in salt, sugar, flavors, and saturated fats. We offer bet on chips – 12 rubles per 100 grams in 2016, 13 roubles in 2017. Soda – 15 cents per liter in 2016 and 16 roubles in 2017”, – stated in the explanatory note, a copy of which has.

The text specifies some characteristics of carbonated beverages and chips, the exceeding of which will lead to levy of excise duty. Based on that the bill, if adopted, would affect primarily foreign manufacturers of soda water (“Coca-Cola”, “Pepsi”), but not Russian – because of the somewhat low amount of sugar in the domestic beverages (for example, “Baikal”). Thus Mikheyev has noticed that the proposed rates of excise duty less than the same taken (or proposed to adopt) in European countries.

The MP recalled the experience of Denmark, which has imposed an additional tax of €2,15 each kilogram of butter, fatty meat, pizza and other food fast food and convenience foods high degree of readiness. The so-called “tax on chips” exists in Hungary, a similar tax policy is conducted and in several other countries in Europe and Asia, he added.

“The introduction of such fees will cause an increase in the price of a bag of chips or bottle of soda that will help reduce their consumption. After all, people often regard the chips and lemonade as a cheap way to eat – let them see that it is cheaper to buy a bowl of soup in the dining room, it will benefit the health of the nation”, – said Mikheev. In addition, he expects that the Federal budget will receive additional revenues in 2016. “We can talk about large sums: Denmark with the introduction of harmful excise taxes received an additional 300 million euros, Finland is 100 million And we have the population, respectively, and sales volumes differ”, – he reminded.

“Our budget is in crisis, these money is because the budget for 2016 we already have cut health spending by 8%. It would be reasonable and fair if the income from trading of harmful food at least will cover the damage to the health of the nation”, – concluded the spywares.