The Ministry of Finance plans to return to the question of the introduction of excise duty on hookah blend

© Fotolia / Leonid NyshkoКальян. Archival photoThe Ministry of Finance plans to return to the question of the introduction of excise duty on hookah blend© Fotolia / Leonid Nyshko

The Ministry of Finance of Russia may return to the question of the introduction of excise duty on hookah mix this year, admits Deputy head of the Ministry Ilya Trunin.

The Russian government previously introduced a bill on indexation of excise rates and the completion of the tax maneuver, which also included the introduction of excise duty on the Shisha mixture in the amount of 457 rubles per kilogram in 2019, 476 rubles — in 2020, 495 rubles — in 2021. However, in mid-July, when considering the document in the second reading the state Duma has supported the amendment of the government of the Russian Federation, which excluded the relevant rules from the text. So today the law was passed in final third reading without this rule.

«We had comments from the presidential administration. They said that the issue is not researched, but the topic is important, it needs to be addressed. Since the bill passed fast enough, we agreed that now all remove, and then get back to it, so as not to impede the whole of the law», — told RIA Novosti Trunin.

And on the question of whether to return to the Ministry of Finance this issue is now only next year, the Deputy Minister said: «I don’t know, maybe this year».

Originally under the hookah was offered to understand multicomponent mixture intended for use in hookah by steaming or Smoking. Such a mixture is made of the insoluble portion of non-tobacco raw materials, without the addition of nicotine and with the addition of other liquids, food or non-food water-soluble flavoring components. When this mass fraction of insoluble components should not exceed 20% of the mass of the mixture.

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