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Scotch Super Tax

The SWA is campaigning to stop the Scotch Super Tax and reform alcohol taxation to be fairer to the industry and consumers while still delivering tax revenue to fund vital public services.

Tax on Scotch Whisky in the UK currently stands at 74%, meaning £3 in every £4 spent on Scotch Whisky in the UK goes to the HM Treasury in excise and VAT. 

Following a freeze in spirits duty in November 2017, HM Treasury forecast revenue would increase by 3% in 2018/19. Data from HMRC shows that in reality, spirits revenue increased by more than 11% to £3.8bn - the fastest growing of any alcohol category.


The SWA believes that a more competitive rate of duty in the UK would further boost revenue available to HM Treasury to fund vital public services, while protecting an industry that has invested more than £500 million on capital projects, including new distilleries, tourist centres and technology, over the last five years and employs tens of thousands of people across the UK.

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Scotch Super Tax news & commentary

29 October 2018

Continued duty freeze on Scotch Whisky welcomed by industry

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has welcomed the Chancellor's decision to continue the freeze on spirits duty in the 2018 Autumn Budget.

11 October 2018

Majority of Scots feel Whisky tax is unfair on Scotland

The majority of Scots (58%) believe an increase in Scotch Whisky excise duty would show that the UK government doesn't care about the future Scotland, a new poll has found.

11 September 2018

Scots call for UK government to support Scotch in new poll

Nearly three in four Scots (71%) believe the tax on Scotch Whisky in the UK should be at least as competitive as European taxes on flagship food and drink products, according to a Survation poll commissioned by the Scotch Whisky Association.

04 September 2018

Post-war record of Scotch Whisky Distilleries

There are more distilleries now operating across Scotland than in the past seventy years!

22 November 2017

Scotch Whisky industry welcomes excise duty freeze but says more support needed

09 November 2017

Drop The Dram Duty

12 October 2017

Tax hike hits UK Scotch sales

11 July 2017

End the Scotch ‘Supertax’

08 May 2017

SWA calls on politicians to 'Support Scotch'