Alcohol tax cuts proposed in North Carolina

I never met a sin tax I didn’t like, and I thought the self-styled socially conservative Republicans who control North Carolina might agree with me.  But some of them are are soft on alcohol, because a prominent bill (to be fair, a bipartisan bill but with lots of Republican support) would eliminate city and county privilege taxes on beer and wine.

What the statue now calls taxes are really license fees, and they are so low ($25 is the highest amount) that they might cost businesses more to comply with than to pay.  But if you are socially conservative, you can discourage drinking not only with taxes but with paperwork and compliance hassles.  Where are my Baptist friends?

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Author: patoglesby

From 1982 to 1990, I worked in tax policy for Committees of the United States Congress. In recent years, I was Adjunct Lecturer at UNC-Chapel Hill's Business School and then Adjunct Professor at its Law School.

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