Gov. Haslam signs beer tax measure

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 6:21pm

A proposal to freeze the state's beer tax has been signed by the governor.

Tennessee's beer taxes outstrip any other state's because the bulk of the levy is based on price rather than volume. The more a beer costs, the higher the taxes that must be paid to buy it.

In Tennessee, brewers pay federal and state taxes per 31-gallon barrel, and then a 17 percent tax is charged to wholesalers based on price. Consumers then pay as much as 9.75 percent in sales taxes on top of the previous charges.

The proposal converts the 17 percent tax to a flat tax in line with the current rate.

The House approved the measure 87-2, and it passed the Senate 30-1.

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2 Comments on this post:

By: Left-of-Local on 4/24/13 at 8:49

Well damn. He finally did something right.

By: pswindle on 4/24/13 at 9:21

After the FBI raid on his company and his acting like he never heard of such, I have doubts about Haslam. You can't be pulling in billions of dollars and not know where it is coming from. I'm sure there are tapes, minutes that will show the real truth, unless there is really a cover-up. But the truth will come out, remember Watergate.