City Considers 50% Raise on Liquor Tax They Don’t Collect

87789793According to today’s Philadelphia Daily News, Mayor Nutter and City Council are considering increasing the “liquor by the drink” tax by 50% to help fund Philadelphia schools. The tax is currently at 10% with the funds collected going to the schools. Problem is, the tax isn’t being collected. In a Victor Fiorillo Philly Post column from last year, Fiorillo finds that the tax isn’t collected from one-third of all establishments. That is $31 million in unpaid liquor taxes.

City Considers hiking liquor-drink tax to 15% [Daily News]
How to Cheat on Your Taxes, Philly Style [Philly Post]

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  • Lew Bryson
  • Betty Seymour

    That’s a 50% increase, not a 5% increase. Although 50% more of zero is still zero. #mathnerd

  • Jimmy

    The liquor tax is collected from me as a diner, that I assure you.

    8% sales tax, AVI, uncollected delinquent property taxes, uncollected liquor taxes, liquor tax hike… We have nobody but ourselves to thank for the current state of affairs because we continue to vote for these tax and spend, self-serving, and clueless Democrats. When will people in this city finally come to their senses?

    My bad, I thought this was

  • Natalie Shaak

    I don’t understand how the city does not collect the taxes already taken from me…..granted I drink at establishments that are probably paying their taxes accurately….