Wine Industry Taxes: $31 Billion in 2022

Wine benefits the American economy in many ways–by preserving agriculture, providing jobs and wages, supporting local communities, attracting tourists, generating local pride, enhancing the quality of life–and so much more. 

Oh, and taxes. Of all kinds, at all levels.

WineAmerica’s 2022 National Economic Impact Study of the Wine Industry by John Dunham & Associates puts dollar figures on nearly all those benefits–though local pride and quality of life would have to be measured in happy face memes.

Of all, the simplest is taxes. The total in 2022 is $30,974,572,400, split almost equally between Federal and State/Local: $15,550,136,300 vs. $15,424,436,100.

This study separates taxes into two categories: Business, and Consumption, with the latter being those specifically related to the distribution and sales of wine–excise taxes, sales taxes, and in some cases control state markups.

The Federal Consumption taxes are all excise taxes totaling $875 million. State and local consumption taxes are more diversified and total $7.3 billion ($784 M excise, $5.5 B sales, and $43 M markups)–or over 8 times more.

In contrast, the Feds make their money in Business taxes at $14.7 B compared with $8.1 B for states, with a total of $22.8 billion. Business taxes include Social Security, Custom Duties, Corporate Profits Tax, Income Tax, Sales Tax, Property Tax, Motor Vehicle License, Severance Tax and others.

The bottom line is that wine is a gold mine for the federal, state, and local economies. We need to keep reminding legislators about that. The tax breakdowns nationally and for every state are part of WineAmerica’s 2022 National Economic Impact Study

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