Oman - Oman will start enforcing the new 'selective tax' or 'sin tax' in three months, to join Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
Sultan Qaboos bin Said issued a Royal Decree officially announce the new excise tax levy which will take effect after 90 days.
The Government Communication said that the Selective Goods Tax Law is in compliance with the GCC Standard Agreement on Selective Tax, issued in 2016 by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain.
The Selective Tax will be levied on goods Tobacco and its derivatives (100 per cent), energy drinks (100 per cent); alcoholic beverages (100 per cent), and soft drinks (50 per cent).
The Budget 2019 stipulated the introduction of the selective tax on certain commodities as part of plans to revitalise non-oil revenues.
Selective taxation seeks to encourage a healthy lifestyle and curb negative practices through changes in the consumption pattern of individuals.
The National Health Survey (NHS), conducted by the Ministry of Health and covered more than 9,000 people, revealed a number of risk factors affecting human health and society.
There has been an increase in the proportion of people with diabetes during the last ten years (the period from 2008 to 2018) to more than three per cent, and the survey points to the addition of more than 7,500 diabetes patients in Oman annually.
The survey also revealed that 8.5 per cent of adults aged 18 years or over are currently using tobacco. Omani males are up 14 per cent and 38.6 per cent are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or at work.