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  • Sin tax increases – here’s how much more you’ll be paying for cigarettes and alcohol
    Posted by on Feb 24th, 2016

    So Pravin Gordhan delivered his budget 2016 speech and so far there have been mixed reactions. I’m not gonna go into all the things he spoke about, but for now you should know that he has increased the sin tax again. So cigarettes are going up by 6.7% and alcohol by 6% to 8.5%. Be prepared to pay nearly a full Rand more for a pack of 20 smokes. Here’s a breakdown of how much more you will be paying.

    A pint of beer and a cigarette

    Budget 2016 – Sin Tax increases

    Cigarettes – 82 cents (20 pack)
    Cigarettes (tobacco) – 94 cents per 50g
    Pipe tobacco – 27 cents per 25g
    Cigars – R4.32 per 23g
    Beer – 11 cents per 340ml
    Spirits – R3.94 per 750ml
    Fortified wine – 27 cents per 750ml
    Unfortified wine – 18 cents per 750ml
    Sparkling wine – 59 cents per 750ml
    Cider – 11 cents per 340ml

    Big hit for those of you who smoke cigars and dink spirits.

    I’m told the increases will take effect on April 1.

    Now you know.

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