Matthew Lester: #FeesMustFall – Legalise dope? Sin taxes not the answer.

2015-11-10 15:24

Sin tax is budgeted at R32bn for 2015 to 2016, before the inclusion of VAT. Given the #FeesMustFall crisis, a tax professor looks at it as the potential answer.

Sin taxes hit smokers hard

2015-02-25 14:06

Sin taxes are set to make smokers suffer the most, but the National Budget has shown greater leniency in other areas.

Fuel levy rises to quarter of petrol cost

2014-02-27 12:24

The petrol price is set to rise to above R14/litre when the higher taxes and an expected hike in the basic fuel price come into effect within the next few weeks.

Relief for taxpayers

2014-02-26 14:22

Income tax relief of R9.3bn and massive future spending on social grants are among the main features of this year's pre-election budget.

Budget offers tax relief surprise

2013-02-27 17:32

One of the surprises of the budget was the room found for personal tax relief of R7bn, but drinkers and smokers will as usual be charged more for their habits.

Sin taxes, fuel levies up

2013-02-27 14:26

Smokers and drinkers will have to cough and splutter up more for their vices, according to the latest budget proposals.

Smokers, drinkers to choke on hike

2012-02-22 14:34

The price of a packet of cigarettes will go up by more than 55c and spirits will cost R6 more for 750ml.

SAB worried about sin tax

2011-02-18 06:40

South African Breweries says it is conferring with Treasury and other government departments on sin tax.


Clamp down on illicit cigarette trade - BAT

2015-02-26 13:01

SA has a huge illegal cigarette trade and National Treasury should increase its focus on cigarette manufacturers and importers who evade taxes, says BAT.

Taxes the priciest ingredient in US beer

2015-02-23 14:30

Whether you like beer brewed in small batches or the mass-produced variety, the costliest ingredient that goes into every pint of beer in the US is taxes.

Cigarette tax not enough, says council

2014-02-26 18:27

The sin tax increase for tobacco products was not enough to put the youth off smoking, says the National Council Against Smoking.

Taxed for your sins

2014-02-26 14:02

Consumers still trying to enjoy a few small pleasures in life would have to dig a bit deeper into their pockets once again.

Gordhan's National Budget Speech

2013-02-27 15:38

Read the full 2013 National Budget Speech document delivered by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Brandhouse objects to 'sin tax' label

2013-01-25 13:08

Alcoholic beverage firm Brandhouse wants treasury and the finance ministry to stop using the words sin tax when referring to excise duties on alcohol.

State mulls tougher liquor laws

2011-03-10 13:21

New curbs on alcohol consumption, including raising the minimum drinking age, are being considered, says Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

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