April 10, 2013 at 5:43 PM
Gov. Inslee extends beer tax
Tax extension too dramatic
It seems like no one really understands what this new tax (and it is a new tax) means in a practical terms. Let a brewer tell you. I don’t pay our taxes, but I know a bit about our business.
We charge our distributor about $92 per keg. Currently the state gets around $2.50 of that money per keg. If this tax increase goes through, about $12.25 of that money will have to go to the state.
What other industry is being asked to shoulder a quadrupling of its tax burden? What business could afford 13 percent of its income disappearing over night?
This is extreme, unfair and it will cripple an artisan business unique to Washington. Ten cents per pint sounds like nothing, but this tax is applied to breweries before the beer gets anywhere near the glass. Why are breweries being attacked?
James Goodman, Seattle
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