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Bartender with Beer
Pouring Red Wine in Glass


The beer and wine industries are a dynamic part of Idaho’s economy, contributing millions of dollars in wages and taxes.

In approximate numbers, Idaho beer and wine distributors directly employ more than 10,300 people (not including indirect jobs). Paying an estimated $138.3 million in wages and salaries.


Many Idahoans are unaware that the distribution tier also assesses and pays the state’s beer and wine taxes to the Idaho State Tax Commission.  In 2022, distributors paid $4.7 million in beer taxes and $6.6 million in wine taxes. These are taxes over and above the other taxes they – and all Idaho businesses – pay, such as personal and real property tax.

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