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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Drinks & Taxes 2009 v8: Maryland is Loaded with Alcohol Tax Proposals

Maryland state legislators have been busy coming up with various schemes to increase the amount of money they collect from citizens enjoying a drink. There are a number of tax proposals floating around the Maryland General Assembly targeting beer, wine and spirits.

Taxes on alcohol in Maryland were last raised about 30 years ago. Consumers pay about 2 cents per drink of wine or spirits and a penny per beer in state taxes. Proposals in Annapolis call for an increase in those taxes to 5 cents per drink.

Shop owners and tavern operators say increasing taxes may cause some customers to cross nearby state lines to make purchases.

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