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Maryland Lawmakers Look to Alcohol for New Revenue

Last week, Maryland Senator Antonio Hayes (D) announced that in the next legislative session he will sponsor a bill to increase Maryland’s alcohol excise tax to raise revenue for health-care spending. Specifically, the bill would, if enacted, increase the ad valorem component of the state’s alcohol excise tax from 9 percent to 10 percent. This […]

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New Census Data Shows States Beat Revenue Expectations in FY 2020

Key Findings State tax collections declined 5.5 percent in FY 2020 according to new Census data, though actual losses are likely to be significantly lower after accounting for the shifting of income tax collections into the current fiscal year due to delayed tax filing deadlines. After a sharp initial drop under stay-at-home orders, sales tax […]

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Distilled Spirits Taxes in Europe

All European Union (EU) countries levy excise duties on distilled alcohol; excise tax is applied to the cost of goods on purchase. The standard size of a liquor bottle in the EU is 700ml (23.7 oz). Many spirits, such as vodka, gin, rum, and whiskey, contain alcohol content in the range of 40 percent. The […]

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Illuminating Independence Day Taxes

The holiday weekend is almost upon us and many are getting ready for a weekend of family and celebration. Independence Day means firing up the barbecue, setting off fireworks, enjoying cold drinks, and wearing flag paraphernalia. It also means spending big: last year, Americans spent $6.7 billion for the Fourth of July. This year, due […]

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Beer Taxes in Europe

According to EU law, every EU country is required to levy an excise duty on beer of at least €1.87 per 100 liters (26.4 gal) and degree of alcohol content, translating to approximately €0.03 per 330ml (11.2 oz) beer bottle at 5% abv. As today’s map shows, only a few EU countries stick to the minimum […]

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How High are Beer Taxes in Your State?

Even though this summer may not include sitting in the stands at an all-American baseball game or watching a community fireworks display, some summer staples are still within reach—like that beer in the fridge, for example. You can still crack open a cold one, whether you’re grilling something in your backyard or floating down a […]

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Wine Taxes in Europe

This is the beginning of a map series in which we’ll explore different types of excise taxes, starting with excise duties on wine. If you have ever wondered about the tax consequences of opening a bottle of wine—yes, there is a tax angle to everything—today’s map will provide you with some insights. As one might […]

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How High are Wine Taxes in Your State?

Whether you’re a self-appointed connoisseur or an occasional sipper of chardonnay, you may not have thought about the taxes that go into your wine purchase. But now you can quench your newly found thirst for excise tax info with this week’s map, which compares wine taxes among the 50 states, expressed in dollars per gallon. […]