The Ministry of Finance proposed the government to increase excise duty on strong alcohol

In accordance with the document, which was proposed by the Finance Ministry, the excise tax on the ethanol content of over 9% will increase next year from 500 to 523 rubles per 1 liter of anhydrous alcohol, the newspaper “Vedomosti”.

The Ministry of Finance insisted on the increase in excise duties, while the Ministry of economic development suggested to lower the excise tax on the third — to 360 rubles, explaining that such a measure would contribute to the legalization of the black market and increase in excise revenues. The Agency has indicated that from 2013, the rate of excise tax has almost doubled, and the legal vodka production and retail sales fell by 30%.

According to the publication, manufacturers were also against the increase of excise duties, considering the fact that legal sales began to recover. According to the Vice-President of holding “Russian standard” Igor Kosarev, if you leave excise duty unchanged, we can increase legal sales and collection of excise taxes.

At the end of September against the lowering of excise duty and reduction of minimum prices for vodka by the Ministry of health. The head of Department Veronika Skvortsova pointed out that such a measure could have a negative impact on health.