Duterte approves higher excise tax for tobacco products

Pia Ranada
Duterte approves higher excise tax for tobacco products
Under the new law, excise tax on cigarettes will go up to P45 from P35 starting January 1, 2020, to be followed by more increases in succeeding years

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the bill raising excise tax for tobacco products, a measure he certified as urgent last May.

“To address the urgent need to protect the right to health of the Filipino people and to maintain a broader fiscal space to support the implementation of the Universal Health Care Act, the President has signed into law HB (House Bill) No. 8677 or SB (Senate Bill) No. 2233 increasing the excise tax on tobacco products,” said Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Thursday, July 25.

The law, Republic Act No. 11346, raises cigarette tax from the current P35 to P45 for the first year of implementation. This will be followed by 5-peso increases every year until the rate reaches P60 in 2023.

Starting 2024, a 5% increase would be imposed annually.

Here is the schedule:

  • January 1, 2020 – P45/pack
  • January 1, 2021 – P50/pack
  • January 1, 2022 – P55/pack
  • January 1, 2023 – P60/pack
  • January 1, 2024 onwards – 5% indexation

For heated tobacco and vapor products, the following schedule will be implemented:

  • 0 ml-10.00 ml – P10
  • 10.01 ml-20 ml – P20
  • 20.01 ml-30 ml – P30
  • 30.01 ml-40 ml – P40
  • 40.01 ml-50 ml – P50
  • more than 50 ml – P50 plus P10 for every additional 10 ml

The measure is expected to generate P15 billion in revenue in 2020 and P140 billion until 2023. – Rappler.com

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Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.