Expect hike in state liquor tax this August

Published on Thu, May 28, 2009
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It’s going to cost more to be a bad boy come August 1 when state taxes on hard liquor go up from the current 39.2 percent to 51.9 percent. The state liquor control board (WSLCB) voted to increase the tax to generate approximately $80 million over the next two years. The money will replace funds earmarked by the state legislature to help with the state’s $9 billion budget deficit.

The increase does not apply to wine or beer. The cost of a premium whiskey currently priced at $41.95 would increase to $45.65 under the new markup while a cheaper brand priced at $10.95 would go up 90¢.

The new taxes are dedicated to the state Liquor Revolving Fund which covers WSLCB expenses as well as helps pay for state and local services such as health care and education.