Non-alcoholic beer will not be subject to excise tax in the years 2017-2019, the bill on amendments to the Tax code of Russia, adopted by the state Duma in the first reading on the evening of 2 November. The text of the document posted on the Parliament website.
The draft Federal law it is reported that for beer with ethanol content of up to 0.5 percent set a zero tax rate. Beverage producers, in which the volume of alcohol will vary from 0.5 to 8.6 per cent will have to pay 21 rubles per liter. Excise duty on stronger beer with a volume share of alcohol above 8.6 percent to amount to 39 rubles per liter.
The size of the excise on cider, Poiret, Mead, 2017 will be 21 rubles per liter, according to the bill.
In October it became known that the Ministry of Finance has revised its position and supported the preservation of the zero rate of excise duty on non-alcoholic beer. Relevant amendments were made to the bill, which is currently under consideration in the state Duma.
Against the imposition of the excise tax active played working in Russia brewing company.
"It's definitely alienate the consumer, as falling demand forced the company to reduce production of non-alcoholic beer. As a result, everyone loses — the government will not gather the planned 1.3 billion rubles, the brewers will lose almost the only point of business growth, and consumers will be forced to switch to other types of beverages", — claimed the Union of brewers of Russia.
In early October, the Russian brewers addressed a letter to the Deputy Minister of Finance of Russia Ilya Trunin with a request not to include beer in the list of excisable goods.
According to estimates of the organization, non-alcoholic beer is only about one percent of the beer market in Russia, but it shows the most active growth. So, in the first eight months of 2016 consumption increased by 15 percent in comparison with last year's figures.
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