House bill would make vodka, whiskey and rum cheaper

by Lydia Wheeler | The Hill  |  published on May 27, 2015

House Republican Todd Young (Ind.) has introduced legislation to reduce the excise tax on vodka, rum, gin and whiskey.

Excise taxes are paid when purchases are made on a specific good and often included in the price of the product.

The Distillery Innovation and Excise Tax Reform Act unveiled Tuesday would drop the current tax rate for distilled spirits from $13.50 per proof gallon to $2.70 per proof gallon on the first 10,000 gallons of productions for all distillers and then $9 per proof gallon after that.

  • tommie

    Sounds good! Maybe at least, when we’re all out of work, (except for government employees) we might be able to scrap up enough money to buy a bottle of booze to drown our sorrows in!

  • savage24

    Remember if one entity cuts taxes on an item another entity raises the taxes on that same item, it’s like a dog chasing it’s tail. Federal, State and Local Governments live on taxes, not on their good will.

  • I Seigel

    Let’s cut taxes and not fund education either. Public schools and universities can do much better without government money. In a few years, the young people won’t know the difference, and they’ll be willing to work cheap and be clamoring for the jobs that all those illegals are doing now – you know, like picking fruit, roofing and landscaping. We’ll get those jobs back!! Go USA!!

  • bobnstuff

    Why don’t we cut cigarette taxes while we are at it. That would create more jobs as well. If hard liquor is cheaper people will drink more. Creating more jobs for who, the undertakers? Lets just remove all the sin taxes. After all why pay
    for our government. Remember 20 cents out of every dollar in taxes goes to defense and the same goes to Social Security. You have to tax something.

    • vladilyich

      Even with your alcohol and tobacco tax, you’re doing a whale of a lot better than your neighbors. When I lived in the U.S., I paid $11.95/half gallon for vodka and $5.00 per pack of Marlboro 100. I moved to Ontario where I now pay $13.90/PINT for local vodka and $13.50/pack of Benson & Hedges.

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