Food, smoke and taxes – News from Russia and Italy

Recently there were two interesting news from Russia and Italy.

Russian finance minister Alexei Kudrin said that by smoking a pack, “you are giving more help solve social problems such as boosting demographics, developing other social services and upholding birth rates. People should understand: Those who drink, those who smoke are doing more to help state.” he told a news agency after raising taxes on alcohol and cigarettes.

Italian tax authorities announced that fresh bread and pasta along with small fish and shellfish would be eligible for preferred tax rates.

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