SWA demands government reduces 80% tax burden

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 The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is demanding that the government end the ‘Scotch Supertax’, which equates to around 79% of the price of each bottle.

The call comes as the SWA is setting out its priorities for the new UK Parliament. It says the combination of excise and VAT equates to a near-80% tax burden which is holding the industry back. It warned that the industry would need to be more competitive to future-proof itself against the pressures of Brexit.

‘Scotch Whisky is an industry of huge importance to the UK, which supports over 40,000 jobs and exports more than £4 billion worth of whisky to 182 markets overseas every year,’ Karen Betts, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said.

‘However, our success is not a given. So, we are urging politicians at Westminster and Holyrood to work with us to deliver a Brexit that supports our future export growth and creates a more competitive domestic environment.

‘As part of this, we want to see a cut to the near-80% “Scotch Supertax”. Scotch has been a highly successful great British export for many years but its treatment in its home market is damaging its ability to grow at home and to sell overseas.’

The SWA is urging the Treasury to take action to reduce the Scotch Supertax in the Autumn Budget. It says currently, a unit of alcohol served as Scotch is taxed 51% higher than the same unit of alcohol in beer and 19% higher than wine.


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Claire Dodd

As a freelance journalist, Claire has written about pretty much any topic you can imagine, from which are the best sausages, to how to flood-proof your home. However, her writing on drinks began when she landed a job as a features writer for the Publican magazine in 2007. Adjusting to a lifestyle of sampling the best drinks from around the world was tough, but someone had to do it. Having left the title in 2011, today Claire focuses on drinks and travel writing for both consumer and trade titles. Aside from searching the globe for the best drinks, and the nicest spots to consume them, she also judges global brewing competitions and keeps an eye on the business moves of the on-trade.

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