Turkey increases alcohol tax by 13.4 percent, drops imported tobacco tax

Turkey has raised consumption taxes on alcoholic beverages by 13.48 percent in 2019, while axing taxes on imported tobacco, independent news site T24 reported.

An average 70 cc bottle of the anise-flavored traditional alcoholic drink rakı will be subject to 79.86 liras ($ 15) of tax, it said, while the tax on a 50 cc can of beer has gone from 4.59 lira to 5.21($ 0.98) lira.

The tax increase follows a 15.5 percent price hike in alcohol fees in July.

Turkey implements tax hikes in alcoholic beverages twice a year  in line with its share in the domestic producer price index.

Meanwhile, the $150 per tonne tax on imported tobacco used the in production of foreign brand cigarettes has been dropped entirely, Diken said.

Turkey's stiff alcohol taxes in recent years have led to catapulting prices for beer and the country’s popular brandy called raki and an increasing number of people producing their own drinks.

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