Liquor Tax Collections and Permits

Amount of Taxes

  • 2012 - $4,416,214.88
  • 2011 - $4,620,521.26
  • 4.42% Decrease


  • 2012 - 4,416,207.38
  • 2011 - 4,620423.76
  • 4.42% Decrease

Permit Fees

  • 2012 – 7.50
  • 2011 – 97.50
  • 92.31% Decrease

Hawaii Overview

In most states, alcohol taxes have not increased in decades and their value has dwindled with inflation. Dormant tax rates have also contributed to a gradual and substantial decline in the price of alcoholic beverages. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), lower prices on alcohol are associated with increased levels and frequency of drinking, particularly among underage persons. Aside from providing a source of new revenue, increasing taxes on alcohol will deter underage use, reduce traffic-crash fatalities and certain crimes, and decrease alcohol-related health problems such as cirrhosis. The United States Congressional Budget Office raise taxes on alcohol in order to raise funds for National Health Care Reform.

Hawaii Trends

In 2012, the amount of taxes collected on liquor in Hawaii decrease by 4.42% from 2011. The same happened with wholesale despite a 92.31% increase in permit fees.

More Data

To learn more about the data, the original data dataset used to create the tables and graphs can be found on the Socrata site.

Liquor Collections and Permits