The price of cigarettes is to rise by 50c from midnight tonight, bringing the cost of a 20-pack to about €11.
Cigarettes duties have been increased in every budget for the past five years. Last year’s 50c increase was the largest increase in 12 years and the government has now repeated that increase.
The hike is the only tax increase in Budget 2017, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said today.
It means that there are no excise duty increases in the other traditional ‘old reliables’ of alcohol or petrol.
There will also be a pro-rata increase in other tobacco products, such as pouches of rolling tobacco.
The main points:
9% VAT rate for tourism and hospitality industry will be retained
Start Your Own Business scheme to be extended for a further two years
Low cost, highly flexible loan fund for farmers announced
€1,270 income tax credit for fishermen
Help to Buy scheme announced for first-time buyers relating to newly-built homes
Home renovation scheme extended for two years to end of 2018
Rent-a-Room income ceiling up by €2,000 to €14,000
Lower three USC rates to be reduced by 0.5% - USC 1% rate cut to 0.5%; 3% rate cut to 2.5%; 5.5% rate cut to 5%
2.5% USC rate ceiling increased from €18,668 to €18,772
€100 increase in Home Carers' Credit to €1,100
DIRT will be reduced by 2% each year to 2020 (41% to 33%)
Mortgage Interest Relief will be extended beyond December 2017 to 2020
Earned Income Tax Credit for self-employed increased by €400 to €950
New relief from carbon tax for solid fuels announced
Intention to introduce tax on sugar-sweetened drinks in April 2018 after public consultation
Excise duty on pack of 20 cigarettes to go up by 50 cents
€1.2bn in funding for housing, with 47,000 new social housing units by 2021
Additional €105m to enable 15,000 more households to avail of the Housing Assistance Payment Scheme
€28m increase in allocation for emergency accommodation to €100m
Medical card for all children who receive domiciliary care allowance
Additional €15m to NTPF to reduce hospital waiting lists
€25 cap on prescription charges for over 70s reduced to €20 from 1 March
€36.5m increase in funding for higher and further education
2,400 additional teaching posts announced, of which 900 will be resource teachers
Increased €497m spending for Health, bringing the total spend for 2017 to €14.6bn
Early Years funding to rise by 35% to €465m
New Single Affordable Childcare Scheme from September 2017 for children between six months and 15 years and universal subsidies for all children aged six months to three years
State pension will rise by €5 from March
€5 increase in all weekly social welfare payments in line with state pension
Christmas bonus for those on social welfare will rise to 85%
€16m additional funding for Department of Defence
Rural Development Programme funding is increased by €107m to €601m in 2017
€52m for new Animal Welfare Scheme for Sheep
€15m to help progress National Broadband Plan
Funding for continued roll out of improvements and construction of national projects, including Gort to Tuam; Gorey to Enniscorthy, and New Ross bypass PPP projects
€90m for Renewable Heat Incentive, Better Energy Grants and Electric VehiclesSubsidy
Provision of €290m for pay increases agreed under the Lansdowne Road Agreement
Creation of a Public Service Pay Commission to report on unwinding of FEMPI legislation
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