How much excise tax is your winery paying in Massachusetts?
The California Wine Institute recently confirmed with the General Counsel of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (“DOR”) that the correct excise tax rate for table wine in the state of Massachusetts is fifty five cents ($0.55) per gallon.
As early as last spring, confusion arose as to the correct excise tax rate for wine shipped to Massachusetts. Many wineries were incorrectly told that the excise tax rate for wine in Massachusetts was one dollar and ten cents ($1.10) per gallon. As a result, some wineries have paid a higher tax rate than required on their direct to consumer shipments. The California Wine Institute is currently working with the DOR to determine how to reimburse wineries that were overcharged during this time.
For more information or questions, please contact a member of GVM’s Business or Wine Law Team at (707) 252-9000.