Extra excise duty on sparkling wines abolished

20 December 2016

As of January 2017 a bottle of champagne will be on average 1.10 euros cheaper. That's because the Dutch government abolishes the additional duty on sparkling wine (sometimes called bubbly-tax). Today, Senate agreed to the Tax Plan in which this has been settled.

A bottle of champagne has long be seen as a luxury product. Those who could afford it, might as well pay a little more tax. But now there are cheaper sparkling wines on the market. That’s why several political parties (such as VVD, CDA, D66, Green Left and the Christian Union) agreed four years ago to abolish the excise duty on sparkling alcoholic beverages. Due to the financial crisis the law was delayed until now.

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