There’s been a bit of press about the drive to repeal the sales tax on alcohol. Personally, I’m not crazy about paying an extra $1.25 on a case of Harpoon IPA. I have some questions (which I can’t find answers to on the state web site) and a suggestion.
Questions: What other taxes are there on alcohol in Mass? I kind of remember something about that going up about 15-20 years ago. I’d hate to be getting hammered (yes, pun intended) twice – some kind of state liquor tax + sales tax on top of that. (and, if so, is the liquor tax subject to the sales tax?) Why didn’t the legislature simply raise the current alcohol taxes modestly to have the same effect but avoid the visibility of the added 6.25% on every cash register receipt.
Suggestion: People are displeased about paying more. How about, to hopefully bring down prices even a minimal amount, get rid of the law where retailers must go through distributors and the law saying a company can have no more than 3 retail outlets. The deep-pocked (and heavy contributors to state legislators) distributors organizations have shot this down every time it has arisen. Seems now would be a good time to push for that.