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EU: Proposed changes to excise tax on alcohol

EU: Proposed changes to excise tax on alcohol

The European Commission today proposed to revise the rules governing the excise tax (duty) on alcohol within the EU.


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According to today’s EC release, the proposed rules would:

  • Implement a uniform certification system confirming the status of independent small producers throughout the EU   
  • Provide a uniform classification of cider across the EU
  • Clarify the manufacturing processes for denatured alcohol and update IT systems to track movement of certain denatured alcohol
  • Increase the threshold for lower strength beer (that is subject to reduced rates) from 2.8% volume to 3.5% volume

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