Slovak Republic approves smokeless tobacco excise
The Slovak Republic has approved an excise tax for a new category of “smokeless tobacco” product. Parliament amended the Excise Tax Act on Tobacco Products in October and published the amendment on November 15.
Under the law as amended the subject of the tax will be a tobacco product which is not consumed through the combustion process, excluding chewing and nasal tobacco. Heated tobacco products, which create a vapor through electronically heating a tobacco mixture, will be subject to the new tax.
The weight of the tobacco mixture expressed in kilograms is designated the taxable base. The excise tax rate on smokeless tobacco is based on the rate applied to tobacco. The initial rate will be EUR 73.90 per kilogram.
The amendment includes a provision for a minimum retail selling price equal to the excise tax applicable to the amount of tobacco in the product plus the value-added tax.
The tax becomes effective in 2017.