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CHARGE FOR HARM
Big Alcohol produces, sells, and promotes products that cause harm and incur costs - to both government and its citizens. Appropriately taxing alcohol at state and federal levels will help reduce related harm and provide needed funds. We support state and federal increases in alcohol taxes and fees.

Neglected and Outdated State Beer Taxes - Years Since Last Increase

What you could buy for $1.00 in 1950 would cost you $8.93 in 2008. This is because over time inflation causes prices to rise. However, beer taxes are not linked to inflation. Instead, they remain constant until they are increased through policy action. The map below shows the last time the beer tax rate was increased in each state. For some states, it has been decades since the excise tax was updated, which means inflation has taken a huge bite out of its value. More than half the states have not increased their excise tax rate in two decades or more. Because of this, state tax revenue collections suffer. The solution, of course, is to raise the beer tax, and index it to inflation to protect against future losses. To view a map that displays erosion of state beer taxes due to inflation, click here. Also see this table that lists all the data as well as current beer tax rates.

erosion map
iconIncrease = Past Year (2009)
iconIncrease = 10 Years or Less
iconIncrease = 10 to 20 Years
iconIncrease = 20 to 30 Years
iconIncrease = 30 to 40 Years
iconIncrease = 40 to 50 Years
iconIncrease = 50 Years or More

References

  1. Year of last increase, as of 2009.
  2. CPI is calculated through 2008, the most current year for which annual CPI data is available. US Bureau of Statistics CPI, US city average, all items, Base Period: 1982-84=100.
  3. Beer tax rate and year changed data from the Brewer's Almanac and Adams Beer Handbook.