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U.S. spirits excise tax rates of spirits by state 2014

This timeline compares the state spirits excise tax rates in the United States, collected by The Tax Foundation as of January 1, 2014. Oregon had the second highest excise tax rate with 22.73 U.S. dollars per gallon of spirits. Wyoming and New Hampshire have no spirits excise taxes.

Spirits excise tax rates in the United States in 2014, by state

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February 2014


United States

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Supplementary notes

Rates are those applicable to off-premise sales of 40% alcohol by volume (a.b.v.) distilled spirits in 750ml containers.
Data as of January 1, 2014.
State-specific notes:
AK, CA, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, LA, MD, MA, NV, NY, ND, RI, SD, and TX: different rates also applicable according to alcohol content, place of production, size of container, or place purchased (on- or off-premise or on board airlines).
AL, ID, IA, ME, MI, MS, MT, NH, NC, OH, OR, PA, UT, VT, VA, WV, and WY: states where government controls sales. In these "control states", products are subject to ad valorem mark-up and excise taxes. The excise tax rate is calculated using a methodology developed by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.
KY: includes the wholesale tax rate of 11 percent, converted to a gallonage excise tax rate.
AR, MD, MN, ND, SD, WA, and DC: includes sales taxes specific to alcoholic beverages.
WA: includes the retail (17 percent) and distributor (10 percent) license fees, converted into a gallonage excise tax rate.

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