UK tax on Scotch over double the rest of Europe’s
10 Mar 2016
Research from the Scotch Whisky Association has found that,
despite only drinking 17.5% of all Scotch Whisky consumed in the
European Union, consumers of Scotch in the UK are paying 38% of
Europe's total Scotch Whisky tax take.
Despite being made domestically - as all Scotch Whisky must be
produced in Scotland - Scotch consumed in the UK is taxed at one of
the highest rates in Europe, with 76% of the price of an average
bottle made up of tax (Vat and excise duty).
Other European countries pay significantly less tax on the
average bottle. Germany's tax rate is 45%, for instance, while
rates in Italy and Spain are 44% and 41% respectively.
This means that the UK's tax rate is actually 1.5 times the
average paid by other European countries (49%), contributing to
£8.6 million paid in tax to HMRC each day by UK spirits
David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said:
"The Chancellor needs to Stand Up For Scotch again in next week's
Budget and cut excise duty on Scotch Whisky by 2%. Another cut will
help deliver growth in this iconic British industry, while
providing a fairer level of tax for Scotch Whisky drinkers in the
Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance,
said: "High taxes are holding back our most successful industries
and the Budget is the perfect time for the Chancellor to cut duties
on drinks. Not only will this ease the pressure on hard-pressed
taxpayers, but it will create the conditions for jobs and growth.
Past cuts have been hugely successful so George Osborne should
seize the opportunity and show that he is on the side of both
consumers and businesses."
SWA calculations based on International Wine & Spirit Record
consumption figures, price statistics and HMRC figures.
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