New York assemblymember wants to double the state's beer tax

Posted at 6:02 AM, Jan 02, 2020

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) — A member of the New York State Assembly is looking to amend a tax law which would more than double the state's tax on beer.

A bill sponsored by State Assemblymember Harvey Epstein of New York City, would increase the state's tax on beer from $0.14 per gallon, to $0.30 per gallon.

According to the text of Bill Number A8915, the tax increase would potentially generate $51 million in additional revenue, which would be split between the State University of New York, and the City University of New York.

Epstein says this increase would put the state's beer tax at the same level as the state's tax on wine.

The amendment is passed would go into effect April 1, 2021.