Taxes are expected to rise from the start of next year

Taxes are expected to rise from the start of next year

Tax on alcohol in the Philippines is set to increase after the country's president signed off new laws.   

President Benigno Aquino III signed the Sin Tax reform bill into law today (20 December), the Government confirmed on Twitter. The law will allow a restructuring of taxes on alcohol and tobacco and is expected to raise around an extra PHP40bn (US$973m) in revenue. 

A Government official described the law as a “health measure”, while President Aquino was quoted as saying that the money raised will give Filipinos “better access” to health services. 

More details of the law are expected this month and the measures are due to take effect on 1 January. 

Last year, the World Trade Organisation ruled that the Philippines' high import taxes on spirits from the US and European Union were illegal. The Philippines Government appealed the ruling, but it was subsequently upheld by the WTO