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.
Scotch Super Tax news & commentary
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.
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.
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.
Post-war record of Scotch Whisky Distilleries
There are more distilleries now operating across Scotland than in the past seventy years!