Travellers set to see duty-free changes

By Mozo ·

Buying cheap duty-free goods at the airport has traditionally been a big part of a foreign holiday for many Aussies, but this could all be about to change.

The Federal Government could be on the verge of eradicating the existing duty-free allowance, which will spell the end of discount cigarettes, Channel 7 reports.

Aussies who have a few spare dollars on their travel credit card when returning from overseas have often stocked up on cigarettes and booze before boarding their flight home, as it is far cheaper than buying items from Australian retailers.

Treasurer Wayne Swan would not confirm or deny whether the action will go ahead, but it is thought that the authorities want to put a stop to the tax break, which is currently worth $270 million.

If the ban is enforced, it will prove to be a big blow for Aussies, as the strength of the dollar means they can get excellent value for money when purchasing products abroad.

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