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Friday, April 19, 2019

So many Alcohol Taxes, It Can Drive One to Drink..

It's the start of Easter weekend so we'll keep today's post a bit short

Yesterday, we mentioned how exorbitant the excise taxes are on cigarettes, which are basically justified by state governments because they are called 'sin' taxes

They also put excessive taxes on gasoline so guess by that logic, driving is sinful as well

We wanted to focus briefly on the most egregious excise tax of them all - the one they put on alcohol.
Wonder if most people know how much they waste on beer, wine and so-forth that ends up going to the state government's coffers rather than on the product itself

Interesting that while gasoline is taxed by the gallon, so is alcohol

Also when a state puts additional taxes on alcohol its in three categories beer, wine and hard liquor so each state varies how much is charged on what..   Some states will put even more taxes on alcohol that is more than 50% alcohol (100 proof)

For instance in California, they add 20 cents tax per gallon for wine and beer, $3.30 tax per gallon on hard liquor and if over 50% alcohol, the tax is $6.60

Overall they're pretty low compared to other states
Now if one lived in Washington state, beer is 26 cents a gallon, wine at 87 cents and hard liquor is $14.27 in excise taxes per gallon; no state taxes higher for alcohol in that category.

Every state is different and we can't do each one here so if curious, just look up your state

We provided a link to check Alabama's alcohol tax rates and from there you can find your state at the left of that page and check:

https://www.salestaxhandbook.com/alabama/alcohol
Of course beyond state taxes, there's also Federal taxes on alcohol:

Beer: $18.00 per 31-gallon barrel, or $0.05 per 12-oz can

Wine:   $1.07 - $3.40 per gallon, or $0.21 - $0.67 per 750ml bottle, depending on alcohol content

Distilled Spirits:   $13.50 per proof-gallon, or $2.14 per 750ml 80-proof bottle
But like everything else, if government can not control it and profit off it, then it will not allow its citizens access to it.

When Federal and state governments figure out a way to place excise-tax sex acts, then you will finally see prostitution nationally legalized

And on that note, Happy Easter~