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Sin taxes: What you need to know

Consumers can expect price increases on beer, wine, whisky and cigarettes.

Picture: sxc.hu.

JOHANNESBURG - There's bad news for alcohol drinkers and cigarette smokers, following Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene's 2015 Budget Speech in Parliament on Wednesday.

Among other things, Nene announced an increase in personal tax, fuel levies, sin taxes and a substantial hike in the Road Accident Fund (RAF) and its fuel levy.

As of 1 April 2015, beer drinkers will pay 15,5 cents more for a quart, while a bottle of wine will cost 15 cents more. Those who prefer sparkling wine will have to fork out an extra 48 cents; and a bottle of whisky will cost R3,77 more per bottle.

Smokers will have to pay an extra 82 cents for a packet of cigarettes.

The minister also announced a small increase for personal income tax payers, while higher fuel levies will push up the price by 80 cents per litre.

He added that government spending will be cut back by R25 billion with a focus on curbing waste and inefficiency.

Watch: Sin taxes - Drinkers and smokers set to cough up.

SIN TAXES BREAKDOWN

  • A quart of beer is going up by 15,5 cents.

  • A bottle of wine will cost 15 cents more.

  • Sparkling wine lovers will fork out an extra 48 cents per bottle.

  • Whisky tipplers will pay R3,77 more per bottle.

  • Smokers will be burning up an extra 82 cents for every pack they consume.

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