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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. 

Data from HM Revenue and Customs shows spirits duty receipts for the Treasury increased by £228 million to almost £3.77 billion between February 2018 and February 2019 - up 6.4% on figures for the same period in 2017. 

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 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'

08 March 2017

Scotch Whisky industry says excise increase is a blow to a vital UK industry