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Key Questions Raised at Tax Stamp Webinar

In April, Reconnaissance International held a one-hour webinar to present its new review 'Tax Stamps & Traceability: A Market Analysis and Technical Update' to over 200 registrants. The co-editor of the review, Nicola Sudan, was joined by its two main contributors: Michael Eads (ME) of Sovereign Border Solutions, and Richard Jotcham (RJ) of Axess Technologies.

Events - May 13, 2021 midnight

Georgia Opens Invitation for Expression of Interest

Georgia has a remarkably successful tobacco tax stamp programme which has been reported on in Tax Stamp & Traceability News™ (TSTN). Here we interview two managers from the Revenue Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia (GRS), Levan Dgebuadze, head of the Service Department, and Samson Uridia, head of the International Relations Department, to find out more about it.

Interviews - May 1, 2021 midnight

Concerns with Tender Requirements

An ongoing issue of concern to the tax stamp world has recently resurfaced. The issue refers to the recent release of tax stamp tender specifications for Oman, which appear to eliminate all but a seemingly preselected supplier, thereby rendering what should be a competitive tender almost non-competitive.

Tenders - April 30, 2021 midnight

Latest Tax Stamp and Traceability Developments in Nepal

Nepal has been using excise stamps (hereinafter referred to as tax stamps) for more than two decades now, with the stamps effectively contributing to government tax revenue. Indeed, every year, the Nepalese government generates 57 billion Nepalese rupees ($477 million) from excise duty, value-added tax, and health hazard tax imposed on cigarettes and alcohol.

Country Profiles - April 30, 2021 midnight

Is Excise Tax on Soft Drinks a Good Substitute for Income Tax?

In a March article published by the Tax Foundation, Ulrik Boesen, Senior Policy Analyst, Excise Taxes, at the foundation’s Center for State Tax Policy examined how US state lawmakers are considering increasing excise taxes on soft drinks to offset decreases in income tax.

Alcohol-Beverages - April 30, 2021 midnight

Ontario Issues RFI for Tracking Raw Leaf Tobacco

In the July 2016 issue of Tax Stamp News™, Sven Bergmann of Venture Global Consulting covered a report by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute – a conservative policy think tank in Ottawa, Canada – on the illicit tobacco trade in Canada.

Illicit Trade - April 22, 2021 midnight

Philippines to Remove Tax Stamp Exemption on Exports

The Philippines Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has announced it will reverse the rules exempting export cigarettes from carrying tax stamps, after a legislator raised concerns that exports were entering the market as tax-free smuggled goods.

Illicit Trade - March 31, 2021 midnight

Uganda Extends Tax Stamps to Cement and Sugar

On 1 April, the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) will launch its ‘Digital Tax Stamps’ (DTS) programme on cement and sugar. Initially introduced at the end of 2019 on domestic and imported beer, spirits, wine, soda, mineral water and tobacco products, the programme resulted in a 270% increase in the number of active taxpayers in the country.

Country Profiles - March 31, 2021 midnight

Webinar on Non-Cloneable Codes Raises Contentious Questions

A recent webinar, entitled ‘How Non-Cloneable Codes Enable Supply Chain Automation and Credible Traceability,’ has raised contentious questions with regard to the use of physical security features and unique identifying codes as authentication tools.

Track and Trace - March 10, 2021 midnight