The ProblemTennessee has the highest beer tax rate in the nation, 12% higher than No. 2 Alaska, and rising higher every year. It is so high that if you cut it in half, it would still be the 11th highest. The current law, enacted in the 1950s, taxes beer based on price rather than volume, making Tennessee one of only two states in the country that burdens its businesses -- and ultimately its consumers -- this way.
Why You Should CareThese policies are:
- Driving up beer prices
- Limiting consumer choice by driving product off the shelves
- Discouraging craft beer entrepreneurs from building their businesses
- Giving Tennessee a bad rap as the country's top beer taxer