UAE considers adding more ‘harmful’ products to excise tax list

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The UAE is mulling the inclusion of new products on its excise tax list, according to a statement by the Ministry of Finance, which implemented the fee on three categories in October 2017.

The ministry is conducting a joint study with officials in Saudi Arabia “on the addition of new goods to the selective tax list, as well as to determine tax rates on certain harmful substances,” its statement said.

While it did not share details of the goods it is considering to add to the tax list, it said in 2017 that it aims to reduce the consumption of harmful substances.

These include tobacco and tobacco products and carbonated and energy drinks, which are currently listed under the excise tax and have doubled in price since the fee’s introduction.