The National Assembly adopted on second reading amendments to the Excise Duties and Tax Warehouses Act. The amendments change the excise calendar for cigarettes. Next year the price of cheapest cigarettes will increase by 30 cents; much more serious however will be the increase in the higher price segment.
In 2016 the specific excise duty on cigarettes will be reduced from BGN 101 to BGN 70 for 1,000 pieces. The proportional excise duty will be also raised to become next year 38 percent of the sales price, in 2017 - 40% and in 2018 - 42% of the sales price, decided the parliament.
The National Assembly voted a zero rate for liquefied petroleum gas. The amendments to the Excise Duties and Tax Warehouses Act introduce a zero rate for 1 GJ biogas.
Production of rakia in registered specialized small distilleries can only be carried out during the period from 1 July to 31 December, the National Assembly decided. As defined by the law, small distilleries are those having vessels capacity of up to 500 liters.
As of 2016 the excise duty on gas oil and kerosene will increase from BGN 50 to BGN 646 for 1,000 liters, and on heavy fuels and oils for heating – from BGN 50 to BGN 400 for 1,000 kg.