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It's a wait and see game - smokers and drinkers will discover tax fate on Saturday

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2 hours ago, robblok said:

Yes it would, but excessive tax will backfire and result in lower tax income. I am not sure how stupid they are here but there must be some people who have heard of price elasticity of demand and studied commerce. So I would hope they are not going to shoot themselves in their foot. 

Ha hah hah hah hah. Youre joking

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Don't forget the extra tax on a deck of cards ! As if we needed anything else to prove how ridiculous this is, they threw the cards in too. !

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Every wine department in supermarkets seems to sell to expats. I have never seen Thais buy wine, not sure who they are targetting with huge increase on wine as it wont be the health of Thai people?

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Since the last increase in cigarettes of 19 Baht there has been a gradual increase again in people buying from bootleggers, If it is indeed 40Baht increase this will just make more money for them and less for the Government.

When the restrictions were lifted in the UK to allow personal use rather than 400 the bootleggers went to town. By the late 90s it was estimated that upto 30% tobacco purchases was illegal imports, same will happen here.

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Guess I will have to switch to drinking fruit juice. Of course, much of it will have to be treated before hand, to make it safe for consumption - too much sugar!

 

Now, what consumes sugar to leave a non-hazardous by-product and something that can be easily vented off, say CO2...? Ideas and suggestions on the back of a postcard...

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4 hours ago, Dmaxdan said:

I always thought that a glass of red wine a day was supposed to be healthy :burp:

 

Indeed. Many medical professionals support that theory.

 

But although more especially young affluent Thais have become wine aficionados it's still regarded more as a foreigners tipple. Wonder if they'll differentiate between real wine and the cheaper fruit wines that pack the supermarket shelves.

 

 

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I'm confidant that the very rich and well-connected families that own the Chang and Singha breweries will see to it that the tax on beer won't be that bad.

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3 hours ago, Thian said:

Winelovers should go to the mediterraneancoast of Europe....very cheap and everything is perfect there. No humid air, great beaches, all safe and controlled by police, polite people with good manners, cigarettes for 4 euro, not many traffic accidents, good transport..and of course a very clean sea with great blue clear water.

 

You forgot to mention the hordes of illegal economic migrants masquerading as refugees!

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Just now, heybruce said:

I'm confidant that the very rich and well-connected families that own the Chang and Singha breweries will see to it that the tax on beer won't be that bad.

 

Probably. But notice they're moving the tax burden away from the brewers and distillers and collecting it at the wholesale point. 

I'm sure your right and "influence" from those with expertise in the industry will have been sought before finalizing the new rules; and of course "consultants" to the industry would've been involved :smile:

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Rock science tax invasion vs tourist income ...mean tourist down tax up tourist more down and business say goodbye to revenue result in GOV. increase revenue to get greedy politician paid.

Mandela said.....people shall not be afraid of GOV the GOV should be afraid of people .....one day even the Thais catch up to have enough

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I've just been to Big C (Rama 4) to buy a couple of boxes of fruit wine. If the tax was going to be as heavy as suggested I'm sure the Thais (and expat bar owners who sell the fruit wine as proper stuff) would've cleared the shelves by now. There was only one other person in the liquor section and wine and everything else was in abundance. They would only sell 24 cans of Leo to each customer though, which I thought was strange. Maybe it's all a bit of a storm in a teacup?

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