For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Hartford – Connecticut Commissioner of Revenue Services Kevin B. Sullivan said today that an increase in alcoholic beverage receipts is directly related to Governor Malloy and the State Legislature taking action last session to allow Sunday sales.
Said Commissioner Sullivan, “For years, Connecticut residents had to go to neighboring states where merchants selling alcoholic beverages were wide open for business. Connecticut lost business, lost sales and lost taxes.”
Information reported to the Department of Revenue Services (DRS) through January shows that the volume of alcoholic products sold by Connecticut retailers increased by nearly 3% to 45,523,669 gallons since Sunday sales were allowed in the state. This equates to $1.3 million in additional excise taxes.
Increased sales were not only seen in beer, which can be purchased at grocers. Sales of distilled spirits, which can only be purchased in Connecticut package stores, increased by more than 5%.
Eliminating the ban on Sunday alcohol sales brought Connecticut in line with the majority of states, said Commissioner Sullivan. Indiana remains the only state that prohibits the sales of alcohol on Sundays. Said Commissioner Sullivan, “Not every retailer selling beer and other alcoholic beverages see increased sales. Overall, however, the results are positive and especially for those who stretched to be more competitive.”
For more information about Connecticut state taxes, visit the DRS website at www.ct.gov/DRS.
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