We generally take note of rankings that put Washington in the top tier, and it doesn’t get more top tier than No. 1. The Tax Foundation has released a national ranking of liquor taxes, which finds Washington in first place.
Data for this map comes from the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS). To allow for comparability across states, DISCUS uses a methodology that calculates implied excise tax rates in those states with government monopoly sales.
In this category, Washington state has a huge lead on the rest of the states with an excise tax rate on distilled spirits of $35.31 per gallon. The Evergreen State is followed by Oregon ($21.95), Virginia ($19.89), Alabama ($19.11), and Utah ($15.92). Distilled spirits are taxed the least in Wyoming and New Hampshire.
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