Lowest Beer Taxes? WY -- Lowest Wine Taxes? LA -- Lowest Spirits Tax? WY, NH

February 18, 2014 - 3:28 PM

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Elevator scene from the movie, "The Hangover II." (AP)

(CNSNews.com) – If you like beer and hard liquor and want to pay less in taxes for them, you might want to move to Wyoming, which has the lowest excise taxes per gallon on beer and spirits, according to the Tax Foundation.  For wine, Louisiana has the lowest taxes at $0.11 per gallon.

Tennessee has the highest taxes on beer out of all 50 states at $1.17 per gallon. Kentucky has the highest taxes on wine ($3.56/gallon), and Washington state has the highest taxes on hard liquor at $35.22 per gallon.

Alaska ranked among the top five states for highest taxes on beer, wine and liquor combined.  If you prefer spirits, check out New Hampshire and Wyoming – the excise taxes there are $0.00 per gallon.

In its calculations, the Tax Foundation looked at state and local taxes on liquor. These rates vary widely from state to state and may include fixed-rate per volume taxes, distributor taxes, retail taxes, case or bottle fees and additional sales taxes.  Below is a list of the Top 5 and Lowest 5 states in terms of excise taxes on alcohol per gallon: beer, wine and spirits.

Highest Beer Taxes Per Gallon

1. Tennessee, $1.17

2. Alaska,  $1.07

3. Alabama, $1.05

4. Georgia, $1.01

5. Hawaii, $0.93

Lowest Beer Taxes Per Gallon

50. Wyoming, $0.02

49. Missouri,  $0.06

48. Wisconsin, $0.06

47. Colorado, $0.08

46. Pennsylvania, $0.08

45. Oregon, $0.08

 

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Elevator scene from the movie, "The Hangover." (AP)

Highest Wine Taxes Per Gallon

1. Kentucky, $3.56

2. Alaska, $2.50

3. Florida, $2.25

4. Iowa, $1.75

5. Alabama, $1.70

Lowest Wine Taxes Per Gallon

50. Louisiana, $0.11

49. California, $0.20

48. Texas,  $0.20

47. Wisconsin, $0.25

46. Kansas, $0.31

45. New York, $0.31

 

Highest Liquor/Spirits Taxes Per Gallon

1. Washington, $35.22

2. Oregon, $22.73

3. Virginia, $19.19

4. Alabama, $18.23

5. Alaska, $12.80

Lowest Liquor/Spirits Taxes Per Gallon

50. Wyoming, $0.00

49. New Hampshire, $0.00

48. West Virginia, $1.87

47. Missouri, $2.00

46. Colorado, $2.28

45. Texas,  $2.40