Kerala raises Rs 46,546.13 cr as tax on liquor in last 5 years, Rs 25.53 cr per day

By VS Siju

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Kochi: Kerala government received Rs 46,546.13 crores in the last five years through the taxation on liquor. The data was disclosed as a reply to the RTP plea filed by the Proper channel president MK Haridas to the tax commissioner.

It is revealed that the government has been collecting Rs 766 crores monthly as tax on liquor. That means, the tipplers have been paying Rs 25.53 crore per day as tax for the liquor. As per the records, the highest revenue from the tax on liquor was collected during the period of 2018-19 and 2019-20. A total of Rs 9,615.54 crore was collected in 2018-19 and 10,332.39 crore in 2019-20.

During the period of the UDF government, the revenue obtained from tax on liquor was Rs 30,770.58 from 2011-12 to 2015-16. The tax commissionerate revealed the data only after filing an appeal seeking the information.

Tax on liquor at a glance

37 per cent for imported wine

115 per cent for alcohol mixed with imported wine

112 per cent for beer made in India

82 per cent for wine made in India

247 per cent for foreign liquor made in India (BEVCO pays below Rs 400 per case)

237 per cent for foreign liquor made in India (priced above Rs 400)

Liquor sold by BEVCO from May 2016 to May 2021

Liquor- 94,22,54,386.08 litres

Beer- 42,23,86,768.35 litres

Wine- 55,57,065.53 litres

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