Proposed bill would more than double New York's beer tax

WNYT Staff
Updated: January 02, 2020 07:47 AM
Created: January 02, 2020 03:54 AM

A state lawmaker is looking to raise the beer tax in New York State by more than double.

Legislation was introduced in the New York State Assembly by Assemblyman Harvey Epstein.    


The proposal would raise the excise tax imposed on beer distributors from $0.14 per gallon to $0.30 per gallon-- the same as the state's wine tax.    

The money collected would be split between the SUNY and CUNY college systems.    

Epstein claims the increase would generate $51 million in additional revenue.    

He pointed to a study by the tax foundation, which found that New York has one of the lowest beer taxes in the country.

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