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Title 7 : Alcoholic Beverages

Chapter 015 : TAXES

(Cite as: 7 V.S.A. § 421)
  • § 421. Tax on malt and vinous beverages

    (a) Every packager and wholesale dealer shall pay to the Commissioner of Taxes the sum of 26 and one-half cents per gallon for every gallon or its equivalent of malt beverages containing not more than six percent of alcohol by volume at 60 degrees Fahrenheit sold by them to retailers in the State and the sum of 55 cents per gallon for each gallon of malt beverages containing more than six percent of alcohol by volume at 60 degrees Fahrenheit and each gallon of vinous beverages sold by them to retailers in the State. A manufacturer or rectifier of malt or vinous beverages shall pay the taxes required by this subsection to the Commissioner of Taxes for all malt and vinous beverages manufactured or rectified by them and sold at retail.

    (b) A packager or wholesale dealer may sell malt or vinous beverages to any duly authorized agency of the U.S. Armed Forces on any U.S. Armed Forces' installation presently existing in the State or which may in the future be established as though to a retail dealer but without the payment of the gallonage tax, subject to the filing of the returns as provided in subsection (c) of this section.

    (c)(1) For the purpose of ascertaining the amount of tax, on the filing dates set out in subdivision (2) of this subsection according to tax liability, each packager, wholesale dealer, manufacturer, or rectifier shall transmit to the Commissioner of Taxes, upon a form prepared and furnished by the Commissioner, a statement or return under oath or affirmation showing the quantity of malt and vinous beverages sold by the packager, wholesale dealer, manufacturer, or rectifier during the preceding filing period, and report any other information requested by the Commissioner accompanied by payment of the tax required by this section. The amount of tax computed under subsection (a) of this section shall be rounded to the nearest whole cent. At the same time this form is due, each packager, wholesale dealer, manufacturer, or rectifier also shall transmit to the Commissioner in electronic format a separate report showing the description, quantity, and price of malt and vinous beverages sold by the packager, wholesale dealer, manufacturer, or rectifier to each retail dealer as defined in section 2 of this title; provided, however, for direct sales to retail dealers by manufacturers or rectifiers of vinous beverages, the report required by this subsection may be submitted in a nonelectronic format.

    (2) Where the tax liability for the immediately preceding full calendar year has been (or would have been in cases when the business was not operating for the entire year):

    (A) $2,000.00 or less, then payment of the tax and submission of the documents required by this section shall be due and payable in quarterly installments on or before the 25th day of the calendar month succeeding the quarter ending the last day of March, June, September, and December of each year; or

    (B) more than $2,000.00, then payment of the tax and submission of the documents required by this section shall be due and payable monthly on or before the 25th (23rd of February) day of the month following the month for which the tax is due.

    (d) The exemption provided in this section for beverages sold on any U.S. Armed Forces' installation presently existing in the State is allowed only if the sales are evidenced by a proper voucher or affidavit in a form prescribed by the Commissioner of Taxes, which shall be a part of the return filed.

    (e) A person failing to pay the tax when due, or failing to make returns as required by this section, shall be subject to and governed by the provisions of 32 V.S.A. §§ 3202 and 3203.

    (f) [Repealed.]  (Amended 1969, No. 144, § 4, eff. June 1, 1969; 1975, No. 243 (Adj. Sess.), § 5, eff. May 1, 1976; 1979, No. 105 (Adj. Sess.), § 43; 1981, No. 96, § 1; 1993, No. 168 (Adj. Sess.), § 3; 2007, No. 167 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; 2009, No. 102 (Adj. Sess.), § 7, eff. May 11, 2010; 2011, No. 143 (Adj. Sess.), § 14; 2015, No. 144 (Adj. Sess.), § 8; 2017, No. 83, § 69.)