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Proposed changes to the collection methods for the alcohol beverage tax and an increase in the tax ceiling aim to prevent operators from under-declaring liquor costs. 

Deputy Finance Minister Tanusak Lek-uthai yesterday said the proposals approved by the cabinet on Tuesday included the Excise Department's tax calculation for alcohol beverages by taking into account the retail prices or final wholesale prices of products instead of the ex-factory prices for the purposes of calculating tax.

He said operators have been quoting production prices which are lower than actual prices and the new approach would help solve that problem.

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