A Map of America's Beer Taxes

Tonight the tax man let me down.Whether you're planning a cross-country pub crawl or just wondering how much more that Guinness would cost if you lived in Nashville, you'll find some useful info in the Tax Foundation's state-by-state map of America's excise taxes on beer. The short takeaway: Thrifty drinkers are best off in Wyoming and worst off in Tennessee, which may explain why Music Row keeps cranking out songs about crying in your beer.

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  • Almanian!||

    Crying in your beer just waters it down more, making the taxes even tougher to stomach

  • fried wylie||

    "We've reevaluated your property at the increased cubic footage and you owe."

  • fried wylie||

    Hey, why haven't the statists picked up on three dimensional property taxes?

  • Virginian||

    Don't give them any fucking ideas.

  • robc||

    Heinlein gave them the idea 50 years ago.

  • fried wylie||

    In the belief that things wont get better till they get worse, I was intentionally offering that idea for implementation.

  • ||

    I can't tell if this is a joke or not. You do pay for the total value contained within the three dimensions of your property (including mineral rights underneath and airspace development potential for building up).

  • fried wylie||

    1. if it's me, assuming I'm joking is a safe bet.

    2. not a property owner.

  • fried wylie||

    Though my suggestion would work more along the lines of appraising property for the full cubic footage between the stratosphere and the upper mantle.

  • ||

    Eh, that's just a function of the land area. It sounds like you "want" either an area(/volume) tax or a "big building" tax instead of or in addition to the property (value) tax.

  • fried wylie||

    Yes, a straight volume tax. With resulting values immeasurably beyond the capacity of any of the 99% to afford.

    Entire swaths of suburbia depopulated. The combination of resulting demand and the new tax rates causing the foreclosure of rental properties.

    Homelessness for All. It's the only fair solution.

  • sarcasmic||

    Homebrewing thread!

  • robc||

    That maps gets things right, but its not technically excise taxes that make TN and KY so high.

    It is the distributor tax, which is 9% in KY and something even more ridiculous in TN.

  • Jesse Walker||

    From the small print: "TN's figure includes the wholesale tax rate of 17%, converted into a gallonage excise tax rate."

  • robc||

    They did it for KY too, as KY's excise tax is $2.50 per bbl, which is much less that $0.76 per gallon.

    The problem with the wholesaler tax is that it hits high price items harder. Screwing craft beer but benefiting Budweiser.

  • robc||

    A few years ago, KY was discussing bumping up the distributor tax but instead added the sales tax on to liquor, which it didnt apply to earlier.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    I'm kind of surprised that MA has a lower beer tax than VT. Vermont has much more of a beer culture.

  • fried wylie||

    Sounds like VT brewers are evading taxes by selling in MA.

    Bust out the jackboots and let the shooting commence.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Cops in Vermont would lose in a firefight.

  • fried wylie||

    Which is the exact justification for a Federal Jackboot Department, to ensure equal and fair application of armed tyranny.

  • SIV||

    Interesting how the tax doesn't reflect relative retail pricing in the states I'm familiar with.

    Texas has the most expensive beer of any state I frequent. The distributors must be making a killing.

  • robc||

    Texas has a number of other regulations that make it difficult to sell beer in the state.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    These prices are per gallon, so they aren't a huge percentage of the total cost.

  • Robert||

    Interesting geographic distribution, running contrary to many tax trends. Any idea why that clustering?

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