Coffers are empty : let’s create taxes… on instant coffee and tea

Don’t be afraid : it’s not April Fool Day.

It sounds funny… I know… but actually it’s very rational, very serious.

The government is broke (read here).

Revenues are crashing, meanwhile they spend more, so they need to borrow… And/or to increase taxes ! It’s simple.

Back to square one. 😉 But of course, because they are dirty bureaucrats and politicians, they need to find an explanation. Even if it’s totally absurd, it doesn’t matter. They have to find something.

The last “something” gives me the opportunity to enrich my “Weird / Bigotery” Category… “excises taxes”… on instant coffee and tea. 😉

The Finance Ministry will pass the excise tax-restructuring to the Cabinet for endorsement in the next two weeks. The plan includes the imposition of excise duty on instant tea and coffee, and the tax increase on items that contribute to poor health, which will help generate more income for the government.

Deputy Finance Minister Pruektichai Damrongrat revealed that the ministry will propose a restructuring plan on excise duties to the Cabinet for further consideration within two weeks.

He said the plan will focus on the tax increase on products deemed unnecessary for basic consumption which contribute to poor health, and create more fairness in the tax collection system.

He said the government has to rewrite the law and listen to the opinions of both consumers and manufacturers before imposing the hike on sin tax rates, while the tax levied on entertainment venues is under revision, and added that the excise tax rate on instant tea and coffee will be made appropriately.

The deputy finance minister predicts that the government is likely to generate more than 10 billion baht per year in revenue from sin tax collection, 1.5 to 3 billion baht per year from excise tax for instant tea and coffee, and earn an additional one billion baht from nightspots. (TOC)

Hey guys… What about a tax on idiocy ? That would be a real sin… 😉

8 Responses to “Coffers are empty : let’s create taxes… on instant coffee and tea”

  1. 1 InPhuket 15 March 2009 at 5:29 am

    This may be just what I needed to kick my Instant Tea addiction. I have tried everything from ‘Tea-correct’ gum, to an anti-Lipton arm patch, and I even joined ITA (Instant Tea Anonymous) which is a fantastic 12 step program that has cured many. All of which I have failed miserably at. Thank You Thailand Finance Ministry, I think this tax may just turn my life around!

  2. 2 InPhuket 15 March 2009 at 6:31 am

    …and last, but not least we have the ‘Joke of the Day’

    at this rate, we may have to change it to ‘Joke of the Minute’

  3. 3 E. Spitzer 15 March 2009 at 6:32 am

    A Tax on bribes seems the most sensible solution to me.

    Or they could sell a Certified Tourist Voucher to all tourists, said voucher would allow tourists to buy alcohol at any time of the day, and be able to drink during dry periods.

    Extending that idea, why don’t they charge Thais to drink during Songkron.

  4. 4 fall 15 March 2009 at 6:39 am

    Phew… and I thought they gonna tax my daily cup of Starbuck. Well, those too poor to drink proper coffee and turn to the evil way of instant coffee deserve to pay more. Let them eat cake.

    And since we are at it, let’s tax those motorcycle and bus user. ‘Cause they end up in an accident or get lung cancer, which a proper person who drive BMW or Benz will not likely have. But my tax will have to go to heal them in hospital! Despicable poor…

  5. 5 Prokster 15 March 2009 at 6:47 am

    One would have thought coke & pepsi would fit in the unhealthy category…let alone KFC. Or lao kao. Obviously getting very desperate

  6. 6 ThaiCrisis 15 March 2009 at 8:05 am

    Indeed inPhuket : I can’t follow. It’s too fast ! 😉
    But I will “discuss” the latest one with Abhisit in UK.

  7. 7 George P Tuckeer 15 March 2009 at 2:52 pm

    I have it on good authority that they considered taxing masturbation but finally decided against it because they would end up impoverishing themselves seeing as they are the nation’s biggest wankers.

  8. 8 Rogera 17 March 2009 at 12:38 am

    All jokes aside, folks, I am dying of cancer and I have been advised that four cups of green tea a day helps reduce the effects of cancer. Also, the drinking of coffee and immediate exercise helps reduce cancers in some regions. Can I ask the governments help to pay for an earlly death?

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