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Alcohol Excise Taxes

In Texas, alcoholic beverage manufacturers and distributors are required to file a monthly excise tax report. In general, the distributor pays the excise tax when selling products to a retailer. But certain manufacturers have the authority to sell beverages directly to consumers and/or retailers. When that happens, the manufacturer pays for the excise tax.

If you fall under these categories, here’s what you need to know about filing excise tax reports:

  • You must file each report on or before the 15th day of the month following each reporting period. File a report even if you did not conduct any business and keep a copy of each report for four years.
  • To submit your report, mail the original copy to TABC, P.O. Box 13127, Austin, TX 78711-3127.
  • If payment is due, you can mail a cashier’s check, money order or company check payable to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts along with the report. The postmark date will serve as proof of timely filing.

Need help? Contact the TABC Excise Tax Department at (512) 206-3342 or excise.tax@tabc.texas.gov.

Tax Rates

ClassTax Rate Per GallonTax Rate Per Container
Distilled spirits$2.40 -
Distilled spirit 20 mL-60 mL containers (miniatures) -$0.05
Low wine (14% ABV and lower)$0.204 -
High wine (more than 14% ABV)$0.408 -
Sparkling wine$0.516 -
Beer (4% ABW and lower)$0.193548 -
Ale and malt liquor (more than 4% ABW)$0.198 -


The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts maintains the Mixed Beverage Gross Receipts Tax.

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