Reforming taxes on wine and other alcoholic beverage consumption
AbstractAs part of a comprehensive review of AustraliaÂ’s tax system, the taxes on alcoholic beverages recently came under scrutiny. In its initial response to the review in May 2010, the government chose to not change those taxes, even though the review recommended the wine tax switch from an ad valorem to a volumetric basis and that all beverages be taxed to the same extent per litre of alcohol. This paper introduces a mini-symposium of three other papers aimed at contributing to what will be an on-going public policy debate on the optimal taxation of alcohol for purposes of covering social costs associated with harmful alcohol consumption, influencing consumer behaviour through altering beverage prices levels and relativities, and raising government revenue.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Adelaide, Wine Economics Research Centre in its series Wine Economics Research Centre Working Papers with number 2010-08.
Length: 9 pages
Date of creation: May 2010
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Wine taxation; Alcohol excise taxes; Australian tax reform;
Other versions of this item:
- Kym Anderson, 2010. "Reforming Taxes on Wine and Other Alcoholic Beverage Consumption," Economic Papers, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 29(2), pages 197-199, 06.
- H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
- H22 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Incidence
- H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
- I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
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