7 Aug 2017

Alcohol tax increase in the works for Samoa

8:16 pm on 7 August 2017

Alcohol could soon be more expensive in Samoa with a proposal to increase alcohol excise tax due before parliament.

alcohol scull

alcohol scull Photo: 123rf

The Samoa Law Reform Commission contributed to the drafting of the new alcohol bill, which includes tax increases to match the alcohol percentage of each alcoholic beverage.

Alcohol has repeatedly been one of the main contributing factors to violent crimes in Samoa.

In response, the government stepped up support for the commission's recommendation to increase the excise tax on alcohol.

The commission also proposed the tax on low alcohol drinks should be reduced to encourage their production and consumption.

The Attorney General's Office is currently drafting the Alcohol Control Bill for approval by the Cabinet before it goes to Parliament.