|Cigarette machines in most bars here|
The Chancellor certainly knows how to tax doesn´t he..... and so its no surprise that Brits on holiday tend to take back the maximum allowance - and often even more, hoping not to be pulled over by customs as they arrive back home. However, a new craze that is still going strong is the "Flossy run" - though abit more popular over the summer months. Incase you are not "in the know", Flossy´s are deck shoes which come in a multitude of colours and are substantially cheaper here than in the UK... what isn´t!
|Official outlet with "Tabacs" sign|
So is this a plan to reduce smoking or a tax raising measure for the Spanish government I wonder. Remember, on 1st September they increased the IVA rate to 21% making it 1% higher than VAT in the UK. The recent state budget for 2013 proposed 600 amendments and the opposing PSOE party criticized many of them stating that "In a recession you cannot raise taxes and cut spending because it only leads to social marginalization" - I bet that was an interesting meeting! Some of the proposals put forward by the opposition parties where a 20% reduction to funding for the Royal family, 35% reduction to the Church and adjustments to the pensions for government employed workers.
Smokers in Benidorm be on your guard
Beer and cigarettes cheaper in Benidorm