Threat to raki and tsipouro tax sta­tus

Kathimerini English - - Focus - DIMITRA MANIFAVA

Tsipouro and raki pro­duc­ers risk los­ing their fa­vor­able tax sta­tus if Greece loses its bat­tle at the Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice, fol­low­ing a re­fer­ral yes­ter­day by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion.

A neg­a­tive rul­ing based on the gov­ern­ment’s fail­ure to con­tain il­le­gal bulk sales of the two tra­di­tional Greek spir­its, will have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact not just on smallscale pro­duc­ers who are li­censed to pro­duce just enough to cover house­hold con­sump­tion, but also on the ma­jor Greek dis­tillers.

This is be­cause if Greece is found guilty of fa­vor­ing its own pro­duc­ers against for­eign ones, all tsipouro and raki will be bur­dened the full spe­cial con­sump­tion tax im­posed on al­co­holic drinks, in­stead of the re­duced tax that is levied to­day.

The full tax amounts to about 10.20 eu­ros per liter and the Com­mis­sion is de­mand­ing that this rate to ap­ply to all al­co­holic drinks ex­cept those that en­joy a spe­cial ex­emp­tion, as in the case of ouzo.

Greece has no spe­cial ex­emp­tion for tsipouro or raki, but still im­poses a 50 per­cent dis­count on the spe­cial con­sump­tion tax, amount­ing to about 5.10 eu­ros per liter.

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