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Paying for Beer

Aside from the usual real estate, income, and sales taxes that businesses pay, the Idaho beer and wine industries pay an excise tax to the federal government, to state governments, and to some local governments.

Over 40 percent of the cost of a bottle of beer or glass of wine is for taxes, including excise taxes. The 1990 increase in the national beer excise tax was devastating for the industry. Sales declined by 4.3 million barrels—the largest sales decline in the past 30 years—and 31,000 Americans lost their jobs.

Don’t let Idahoans lose jobs and wages because of an increase in Idaho’s beer and wine tax. 


Contact your legislator today.

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