Guatemala: British American Tobacco Willing to Dialogue

After a decision by the Constitutional Court, the tobacco company announced its willingness to dialogue.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The decision of the Constitutional Court in favor of an appeal by British American Tobacco, which alleged double taxation, will negatively impact tax revenues.

Sofia Oliva, manager of corporate affairs of the company, told Prensa Libre, "After being notified of the decision, we initiated contact with the government authorities to find long term solutions."

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Guatemala: More Taxes on Liquor and Cigarettes

January 2015

The Executive is considering increasing taxes on cigarettes and alcoholic beverages as an option for balancing the 2015 budget.

With the provisional suspension of the tax on telephone lines the Guatemalan government is left with a deficit $237 million, approximately, which is why it is looking at bridging the gap using new taxes on liquor and cigarettes, as the main alternative.

A Pack of Cigarettes increases by $0.80

May 2012

A tax of 4 cents per cigarette has entered into force in Costa Rica, which was been passed onto consumers by the tobacco companies.

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Guatemala: New Tabaco Tax

May 2011

The new proposal would establish a tax of $0.09 (Q0, 69) per gram.

The initiative is supported by the Ministry of Health and organizations against the use of tabaco.

“If the proposal is accepted we would be able to raise about $66 million a year”, said the congresswoman Zury Rios.

Guatemala: Court Ruling Against Tobacco Tax

October 2010

The Constitutional Court ruled in favor of an appeal by British American Tobacco, alleging double taxation.

The decision, by the highest court in Guatemala, repeals the second paragraph of Article 27 of the Tobacco Law which sets the basis for calculating the tax at no less than 46% of retail price.

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