The Government of Samoa has taken the extra step to try and curb alcohol-related incidents by increasing excise tax on liquor to 100 percent.
The increase applies only to all locally manufactured liquor, Samoa Observer reports.
Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, highlighted this during Parliament this week.
“The proposed measure is to counter the concerns raised by the Ministry of Police that the incidents they respond to in the villages’ day in and day out are a result of people consuming locally made liquor,” Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, said.
“Currently its $19.65 tax per liter, however with the proposed tax, it will increase the price to $38.60 for every bottle that has 40 percent alcohol volume.”
“And also this Bill proposes a limitation of locally made liquor to a 40 percent alcohol volume. Also there will be no more liquor bottles underneath 500 milliliters,” explained Tialavea.
“Again the main reason behind the move to increase the taxes is to somehow eliminate the growing number of incidents.”
“Most of the inmates incarcerated in jail, locally made liquor are the root of the problems.”
The Minister made it clear beer is not affected by the new excise taxes.