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Along with a 1% increase in sales tax, alcohol will also be taxed extra.  The excise tax will not hit the consumer directly, but you can expect distributors and retailers to pass the increase onto the consumers.   I haven’t made my way out the door yet today, but I will certainly make a stop to see if the many $8.99 sixers are now selling for $9.50-9.99.

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If you live in NC, now would be a great time to write a letter to the Guvnah  Bev Purdue, your NC House Rep, and your NC State Senator about next years budget.  I wrote an email to each of the three and if you care about keeping the fledgling NC brewing industry alive and striving you should too.  Or, if you realize imposing taxes to influence choices over what a governor or legislator might call a “sin” is completely wrong then go ahead and make your voice heard. 

Daniel Bradford of All About Beer has summed things up in 5 points:

  1. Beer and wine lovers are not “sinners,” nor we did not cause the recession, and we should not be singled out as a solution.
  2. Many of the 100 North Carolina micro breweries and wineries could be put out of business with a tax increase.
  3. North Carolina has 6th highest beer tax in the country and the 16th highest on wine.
  4. North Carolina beer and wine taxes currently contributes close to $3 billion.
  5. North Carolina already generates more beverage tax than more populous New York state!

We currently pay more taxes for beer than almost all other states in our nation.  Please join the fight and make your voice heard doing three things:

1. Post a comment to Bev Purdue on the Governor’s website at: www.governor.state.nc.us  Just click on the contact us link and enter a comment with your thoughts on why the budget should not include a tax increase on beer.

2. Go to www.ncleg.net and find your local representatives through the search engine on the right column.  If you don’t know your full 8 digit zip, then look it up on the link below the search bar.  Then, write your representatives a letter.

3.  Finally, if you are lazy you can to go www.stopthencbeertax.com, fill in your info, and an automatic email will be sent on your behalf.

The NC House and Senate meet on Monday so this is prime time to let your thoughts be known.

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After thinking a bit more about North Carolina’s taxing of beer and cigarettes and the purposes for doing so I have come to the following conclusions:

  1. The purpose of the tax system is to pay for government services.
  2. Taxing beer and cigarettes is done partly in order to discourage smoking and drinking in excess.
  3. Behaviors should not be encouraged or discouraged by the tax system. 
  4. The tax system should be based on what you have financially, not on your specific purchases.
  5. Any “Sin” taxes should be called “what we think is sin” tax.  They should call these taxes “beer & cigarette tax.”
  6. Beer did not cause our financial troubles and taxing it will not solve them.

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