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FAIFA needs tax cuts on cigarettes, tobacco merchandise to curb smuggling

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The Federation of All India Farmer Associations (FAIFA) has appealed to the Union authorities to chop taxes on cigarettes and different tobacco merchandise to arrest its smuggling.

Calling for fast measures to place curbs on the smuggling of tobacco merchandise, it stated the federal government was dropping closely in taxes due to the large influx of smuggled merchandise.

Citing a FICCI CASCADE (Committee In opposition to Smuggling and Counterfeiting Actions Destroying the Financial system) report, it pegged the illicit tobacco market dimension at ₹22,930 crore. Losses ensuing from unrealised taxes have been estimated at ₹13,331 crore.

Welcoming the federal government’s transfer to chop duties on gold and high-end cell phones to curb their smuggling, the FAIFA stated that there was a plan to scale back the obligation on gold imports to 12 per cent from 18.45 per cent.

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“This may make gold cheaper within the Indian market and curb its smuggling,” stated Javare Gowda, President, Federation of All India Farmer Associations (FAIFA).

He requested the federal government to take an analogous transfer to curb cigarette smuggling.

“The discount in taxes on authorized cigarettes won’t solely scale back the large tax loss for the federal government but additionally will deliver reduction to tens of millions of our tobacco farmers who’re depending on the authorized home trade,” Gowda stated.

Illicit cigarettes are in massive demand throughout the nation and at the moment exceed 1/third of authorized volumes. A tax lower will drastically scale back this market, he identified.

Murali Babu, Common Secretary of FAIFA, stated that the farming group was below stress as shoppers have been shifting to smuggled cigarettes. This thriving illicit market is inspired by excessive taxation and excessive regulation of the authorized cigarette trade, he argued.

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Citing the FICCI report, Babu claimed that the quantity of losses in taxes to the federal government doubled to ₹13,331 crore in 2020 as towards ₹6,240 crore 2012.

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