Non-alcoholic beer will not be subject to excise duty in 2017-2019 years, follows from the bill on amendments to the Tax Code of Russia, the State Duma adopted in the first reading in the evening 2 November.
The text of the document posted on the website of the Parliament.
The draft federal law states that for a beer with an ethyl alcohol content up to 0,5 percent set zero duty rate. beverage industry, in which the amount of alcohol will be from up to 0,5 8,6 21 percent will have to pay a ruble per liter. Excise duty on a strong beer - with a volume share of alcohol above the 8,6 percent - will be 39 rubles per liter.
The size of excise duty on cider, Poiret, mead with 2017 years 21 make the ruble per liter, according to the bill.
In October it was reported that the Finance Ministry has revised its position and supported the preservation of the zero rate of excise duty on non-alcoholic beer. Relevant amendments have been made to the bill, which is currently under consideration in the State Duma.
Against the introduction of excise duty were actively brewing companies operating in Russia.
"It's definitely alienate the consumer, and the fall in demand will force companies to reduce the amount of non-alcoholic beer. As a result, everyone will lose - the state does not collect the planned 1,3 billion rubles, the Brewers will lose almost only on business growth point today, and consumers will be forced to switch to other types of drinks ", - stated in the Union of Russian Brewers.
In early October, Russian brewers sent a letter to the Deputy Minister of Finance of Russia Ilya Trunin requested not to include non-alcoholic beer to the list of excisable goods.
According to estimates of the organization, non-alcoholic beer is just about one percent of the beer market in Russia, but it demonstrates the most rapid growth. So, at the end of eight months of the year 2016 its consumption increased by 15 percent compared to last year.
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