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'So my position is, the burden of proof is with those who do not want sin taxes or who do not want an increase in sin tax.
Many feel sin tax has been introduced by the government for a good reason.
Chua said DOF is supporting the increase of sin taxes for alcoholic beverages from it current rate of P25 to P28 per litter to P40 per litter.
With the exception of air passenger duty, all sin taxes take a greater share of income from the poor than from the rich.
'To discourage cigarettes smoking and use of sugary drinks (drinks with sugar including carbonated soft drinks, sport drinks and energy drinks), increasing revenues and saving money by reducing NCDs related health care costs, the ECC is requested to approve the imposition of sin tax on tobacco and sugary drinks proposed,' said a summary moved by the NHSRC.
Drilon's proposal would in effect freeze the entitlement to the sin tax law of tobacco-producing provinces under Republic Act 7171.
He said without the new sin tax reform law, UHC will be left with a funding gap of around P62 billion in the first year alone.
For instance, when the Philippines introduced the sin tax, there was signifi- cant resistance from the tobacco industries, which meant that the law was only passed by a small 10- 9 majority.
An official from the ministry said similar taxes and levies are called a 'sin tax', and have been imposed in around 45 countries including the United States, where $1.5 is charged on every pack of cigarettes.
The 'selective tax' -- or sin tax, will be enforced in 90-days time after His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said issued a Royal Decree that approves the new levy.
The Ministry of National Health Services had proposed the Sin Tax to "finance health insurance scheme and fatal diseases programme" of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
ISLAMABAD -- The decision to impose 'sin tax' on cigarette packets still hangs in the balance as the federal cabinet is yet to approve the Sin Tax Bill owing to 'the alleged opposition of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR)'.