Alaska’s alcohol taxes among highest in nation

FAIRBANKS — Alaska’s reputation as a low-tax state doesn’t extend to alcohol taxes.

The News Miner reports a study released last month by a consumer-oriented finance website shows Alaska’s alcohol taxes are the third highest in the nation, after Washington and Alabama.

Using 2013 data from the Distilled Spirits Council, the Nerdwallet study looked at tax rates for beer, wine and spirits, then adjusted for the proportion of those beverages consumed in each state.

The Distilled Spirits Council says Alaska has second-highest beer and wine taxes in the U.S., and with the seventh-highest taxes on spirits.

Dale Fox is president of the Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association. He says Alaska’s high alcohol taxes have been among the nation’s highest for more than a decade


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