Indiana ranks 44th highest on distilled spirits taxes


The state distilled spirits excise taxes in Indiana ranked 44th in the nation, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on January 2019 data.

The state’s effective excise tax on a gallon of distilled spirits in Indiana stood at $2.68, the Tax Foundation study found.

State taxes on distilled spirits, which have a higher alcohol percentage than beer and wine, tend to have higher tax rates than other alcoholic beverages. State taxes on distilled spirits come in the form of wholesale rates, license fees charged to retailers, bottle fees and additional sales taxes.

The distilled spirits taxes listed, which are based on data from the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, exclude the states’ general sales taxes. 

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Distilled Spirits Excise Taxes by State

RankStateDistilled Spirits Excise Tax per Gallon
1Washington$32.52
2Oregon$21.98
3Virginia$19.93
4Alabama$19.15
5Utah$15.96
6North Carolina$14.63
7Iowa$13.07
8Alaska$12.80
9Maine$12
10Michigan$11.99
11Idaho$10.95
12Ohio$9.87
13Montana$9.78
14Minnesota$8.96
15Illinois$8.55
16Mississippi$8.15
17Kentucky$8.04
18Arkansas$7.73
19Vermont$7.72
20West Virginia$7.67
21Pennsylvania$7.24
22Florida$6.50
23New York$6.44
24New Mexico$6.06
25Hawaii$5.98
26Oklahoma$5.56
27New Jersey$5.50
28South Carolina$5.42
29 (tie)Rhode Island$5.40
29 (tie)Connecticut$5.40
31Maryland$5.02
32North Dakota$4.92
33South Dakota$4.67
34Delaware$4.50
35Tennessee$4.46
36Massachusetts$4.05
37Georgia$3.79
38Nebraska$3.75
39Nevada$3.60
40California$3.30
41Wisconsin$3.25
42Louisiana$3.03
43Arizona$3
44Indiana$2.68
45Kansas$2.50
46Texas$2.40
47Colorado$2.28
48Missouri$2
49 (tie)New Hampshire$0
49 (tie)Wyoming$0
Source: Tax Foundation and Distilled Spirits Council of the United States

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