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  Qatar 'sin tax' suddenly doubles the cost of alcohol
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Jan 05, 2019 09:32pm
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AuthorCaroline Radnofsky
News DateWednesday, January 2, 2019 02:25:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionQatar welcomed the new year by implementing a 100 percent tax on alcohol, doubling prices overnight and sending the cost of a 12-pack of beer jumping to $78.

The increase has been branded a “sin tax” by some residents of the wealthy Gulf state as it targets products widely prohibited under Islamic law.

It was introduced by Qatar’s General Authority of Customs on Jan. 1, and applies to tobacco products, energy drinks and pork — with 14 oz. of bacon now costing $15. A 50 percent tax has also been levied on soft drinks.
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