‘Sin tax’ to be enforced in three months

T TV Thursday 14/March/2019 17:43 PM
By: Times News Service

Cigarettes, alcohol, energy and soft drinks are going to be more expensive from June, when a new national tax is applied in Oman.
The ‘selective tax’ — or sin tax, will be enforced in 90 days time after His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said issued a Royal Decree that approves the new levy.
“The Selective Goods Tax Law comes as a result of the GCC Standard Agreement on Selective Tax, issued in 2016 by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the State of Qatar. This tax shall be levied on goods that have damage to public health or the environment in varying proportions.” - Government Communication Centre
Officials added that the selective taxation seeks to achieve a set of objectives, the most important of which is the promotion of healthy lifestyles.