Vermont Alcohol Sales Taxes 2017 Vermont: Alcohol Excise Taxes

Vermont:

Vermont Liquor, Wine, and Beer Taxes

In addition to (or instead of) traditional sales taxes, alcoholic beverages like wine, beer, and liquor are subject to excise taxes on both the Vermont and Federal levels. Excise taxes on alcohol are implemented by every state, as are excises on cigarettes and motor fuels like gasoline.

Excise taxes are applied on a per-unit basis, generally per gallon for liquids, and unlike sales taxes are collected from the merchant who sells the alcohol rather than the end consumer. However, in almost all cases, excise taxes are passed on directly to the consumer in the form of raised alcohol prices.


Vermont Alcohol Sales Taxes 2017 Current Vermont Alcohol Excise Tax Rates

Vermont has relatively high taxes on alcohol compared to other states in the United States

The primary excise taxes on alcohol in Vermont are on wine, beer, and liquor (which includes most types of hard alcohol).


Vermont Wine sales tax rate
Ranked 29th
highest

Vermont Wine Tax - $0.55 / gallon

  Vermont's general sales tax of 6.00% also applies to the purchase of wine.

In Vermont, wine vendors are responsible for paying a state excise tax of $0.55 per gallon, plus Federal excise taxes, for all wine sold.

Additional Taxes: Over 16% – sold through state store; 10% on-premise sales tax


Vermont Beer sales tax rate
Ranked 18th
highest

Vermont Beer Tax - $0.26 / gallon

  Vermont's general sales tax of 6.00% also applies to the purchase of beer.

In Vermont, beer vendors are responsible for paying a state excise tax of $0.26 per gallon, plus Federal excise taxes, for all beer sold.

Additional Taxes: Over 6% alcohol – $0.55; 10% on-premise sales tax


Vermont Liquor sales tax rate

Vermont Liquor Tax - STATE-CONTROLLED

  Vermont's general sales tax of 6.00% does not apply to the purchase of liquor.

Vermont is an "Alcoholic beverage control state", in which the sale of liquor and spirits are state-controlled. Liquor sales are only permitted in state alcohol stores, also called "ABC Stores". The state earns revenue by selling alcoholic beverages, so there is no need to apply an additional excise tax on liquor.

Additional Taxes: 10% on-premise sales tax


Federal Alcohol Sales Taxes 2017 Federal Alcohol Excise Taxes

The price of all alcohol sold in Vermont also includes Federal alcohol excise taxes, which are collected from the brewer / distiller by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and generally passed on to the consumer in the beverage's price. Some tax discounts are available to small brewers. Federal excise tax rates on beer, wine, and liquor are as follows:

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

† A proof gallon is a gallon of liquid that is 100 proof, or 50% alcohol. The tax is adjusted, depending on the percentage of alcohol of the product.



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