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Tobacconists and petrol station owners protest at tobacco price rise

Monday 11 June 2012

Tobacconists and petrol station owners are to take action against the increase in tobacco tax proposed in the five-party coalition austerity package.

The tax increase will see a packet of cigarettes rise in price by 35 euro cents and rolling tobacco by 60 euro cents. The five-party coalition says this will bring in €371m.

The increase is in addition to the rise in value-added tax (btw) from 19% to 21% due in October.

Tobacconists and petrol station owners say this will be disasterous for their businesses, especially in areas bordering on Belgium and Germany where tobacco products are much cheaper.

They want the tax rise lowered to 15 euro cents for a packet of cigarettes and 25 euro cents for rolling tobacco.

The first protest meetings take place in Hengelo, Venlo and Bergen op Zoom on Monday evening.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

I thought the value-added tax was due to increase in 2013???
So they bail-out the banks and spare the rich, then tax everyone else.

Where is Robin Hood when you need him?

By Bob | 11 June 2012 11:02 AM

Thanks for the tip, I didn't know tobacco was cheaper in Germany.

By Joe Smits | 11 June 2012 2:23 PM

That's great, the sooner people stop smoking the better, whenever there is a increase in the price of tobacco, people say that they are going to stop smoking for good.

By AlMorr | 11 June 2012 5:15 PM

Protesting will not deter the inevitable tobacco hike, if the guv wants to steal more, it will do so & without conscience.

Part of that clever bailout for banksters?

By The visitor | 11 June 2012 11:28 PM

robin hood is the the problem himself

By dork | 12 June 2012 8:03 AM

almost everything is cheaper in germany. road tax etc., try amazon dot de

By dork | 12 June 2012 8:25 AM

Maybe they should make anyone who tries to buy tobacco in these Petrol stations provide proof of residence, some kind of pass maybe?

By Dr Ponzi | 12 June 2012 1:08 PM

Tobacconists and petrol station owners protest at tobacco price rise. The introduction of smocking when tanking your car as your courts allow in restaurants could add to an explosive discussion. In addition VAT is a national tax and should be refunded to people from over the border.

By Terence Hale | 13 June 2012 5:32 AM

There is no VAT on tobacco. The tax on tobacco is "accijns" (excise tax).

By pepe | 13 June 2012 4:42 PM

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