$6,474,000,000: Total Alcoholic Beverage Taxes Hit Record in 2016

By Terence P. Jeffrey | April 3, 2017 | 5:11pm EDT
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(CNSNews.com)  - Americans paid a record of approximately $6,474,000,000 in total alcoholic beverage sales taxes in fiscal 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

But that was up only about $350,000 from the approximately $6,473,650,000 in alcoholic beverage sales taxes (in constant 2016 dollars) that Americans paid in fiscal 2015.

At the same time, Americans paid less per capita in alcoholic beverage taxes in fiscal 2016 than they did in fiscal 2015.

In fact, in the 25 years (1992-2016) of state and local tax numbers posted on the Census Bureau's online database for state and local taxes, per capita alcoholic beverage sales taxes (in constant 2016 dollars) peaked in fiscal 1992. That year, they hit $23.52 for every man women and child in the United States.

In fiscal 2015, real per capita alcoholic beverage taxes were $20.17. In fiscal 2016, they were $20.04 per capita.

In the 25-year span available on the Census Bureau website, real per capita alcoholic beverage sales taxes bottomed out in 2008, when they hit $19.53.

The nationwide total for alcoholic beverage sales taxes for fiscal 2016 was released with the Census Bureau’s “Quarterly Summary of State and Local Tax Revenues."

The fiscal year referenced by the Census Bureau with this data is the fiscal year used by most state governments, which runs from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

Alcoholic beverages sales taxes, according to the Census Bureau, are taxes “on the sale of alcoholic beverages, whether collected through government-operated liquor stores or through private outlets.”

In 1992, there were 255,029,699 people in the United States as of July 1, according to the Census Bureau, and during the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 1992, Americans paid $5,999,320,000 (in constant 2016 dollars) in alcoholic beverages sales taxes. That worked out to $23.52 per capita on alcoholic beverages sales taxes that year.

In 2016, there were 323,127,513 people in the United States as of July 1, and during the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2016, Americans paid a total of $6,474,000,000 in alcoholic beverages sales taxes. That worked out to about $20.04 per capita.

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