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Connecticut State Excise Taxes 2016 - Fuel, Cigarette, and Alcohol Taxes

Gasoline:
25.00¢ per gallon
Cigarettes:
$3.40 per pack
Liquor:
$5.40 per gal
Wine:
72¢ per gal
Beer:
23¢ per gal

What is an Excise Tax?

An excise tax is a tax directly levied on certain goods by a state or federal government. The most prominent excise taxes collected by the Connecticut state government are the fuel tax on gasoline and the so-called "sin tax" collected on cigarettes and alcoholic beverages.


An excise tax is not the same thing as the Connecticut Sales Tax.

The Connecticut Sales Tax is collected as a percentage of the final purchase price of all qualifying sales, and is collected directly from the end consumer of the product.

Connecticut's excise taxes, on the other hand, are flat per-unit taxes that must be paid directly to the Connecticut government by the merchant before the goods can be sold. Merchants may be required to attach tax stamps to taxable merchandise to show that the excise tax was paid.

Even though excise taxes are collected from businesses, virtually all Connecticut merchants pass on the excise tax to the customer through higher prices for the taxed goods.


Connecticut per capita excise tax

Connecticut collects an average of $602 in yearly excise taxes per capita, one of the highest average per capita excise taxes in the country.

Connecticut General Excise Taxes - Gasoline, Cigarettes, and More

Connecticut collects general excise taxes on the sale of motor fuel (gasoline and diesel), cigarettes (per pack), and cell phone service plans. Other general taxes, similar to excise taxes, may be collected on other items including gas guzzlers, transportation tickets, firearms, tanning salons, vehicle sales, and more.

Gas sales tax in Connecticut - Connecticut oil and gasoline excise taxes

Connecticut Gas Tax

5th highest gas tax

The Connecticut excise tax on gasoline is 25.00¢ per gallon, one of the highest gas taxes in the country. Connecticut's excise tax on gasoline is ranked #5 out of the 50 states. The Connecticut gas tax is included in the pump price at all gas stations in Connecticut.

Tax on buying cigarettes in Connecticut - Connecticut cigarette excise taxes

Connecticut Cigarette Tax

4th highest cigarette tax

The Connecticut excise tax on cigarettes is $3.40 per 20 cigarettes, one of the highest cigarettes taxes in the country. Connecticut's excise tax on cigarettes is ranked #4 out of the 50 states. The Connecticut cigarette tax of $3.40 is applied to every 20 cigarettes sold (the size of an average pack of cigarettes). If a pack contains more then 20 cigarettes, a higher excise tax will be collected.

Tax on phone service in Connecticut - Connecticut phone taxes

Connecticut Cellphone Tax

41st highest cellphone tax

The average tax collected on cell phone plans in Connecticut is $6.96 per phone service plan, one of the lowest cellphone taxes in the country. Connecticut's average cellphone tax is ranked #41 out of the 50 states. The Connecticut cellphone tax is already included in the service plan price you pay to your service provider, and may be listed as "Misc. taxes and Fees" or "Other" on your monthly bill.

Automobile / Vehicle Tax In Connecticut - Connecticut car road tax

Connecticut Car Tax

Connecticut collects a registration fee and a title fee on the sale or transfer of cars and motorcycles, which are essentially renamed excise taxes. Unlike standard excise taxes, however, the end consumer must pay the tax directly to the Connecticut Department of Transportation and receive documentation (registration and title papers) proving the fees were paid.

Connecticut Alcohol Excise Taxes - Liquor, Wine, and Beer

Connecticut collects special excise taxes on the sale of all types of alcohol, subdivided into specific taxes on wine, beer, and liquor (hard alcohol other then wine and beer). Alcohol taxes are sometimes collectively referred to as "sin taxes", which also include excise taxes on cigarettes, gambling, drugs, and certain other items.

Please note that the IRS also collects a federal excise taxes on alcoholic beverages, which are included separately from Connecticut's alcohol taxes in the final purchase price.

Tax on beer in Connecticut - Connecticut beer excise taxes

Connecticut Beer Tax

26th highest beer tax

The Connecticut excise tax on beer is $0.23 per gallon, lower then 52% of the other 50 states. Connecticut's beer excise tax is ranked #26 out of the 50 states. The Connecticut beer tax is already added to the purchase price of all beer bought in Connecticut, whether in kegs, bottles, or cans.

Tax on buying wine in Connecticut - Connecticut wine excise taxes

Connecticut Wine Tax

27th highest wine tax

The Connecticut excise tax on Wine is $0.72 per gallon, lower then 54% of the other 50 states. Connecticut's excise tax on wine is ranked #27 out of the 50 states. The Connecticut wine tax is already added to the purchase price of all wine bought in Connecticut.

Tax on buying liquor in Connecticut - Connecticut Liquor & Spirits excise taxes

Connecticut Liquor Tax

28th highest liquor tax

The Connecticut excise tax on liquor is $5.40 per gallon, lower then 56% of the other 50 states. Connecticut's excise tax on Spirits is ranked #28 out of the 50 states. Connecticut state taxes on hard alcohol vary based on alcohol content, place of production, size of container, and place purchased. The Connecticut liquor tax applies to all hard alcohol (alchoholic beverages other then beer and wine), and is already included in the purchase price by the retailer.

Connecticut Excise Tax Deductions & Refunds

Can I deduct my Connecticut Excise taxes?

Unlike the Connecticut Sales Tax, excise taxes are not generally deductible on Connecticut income tax returns or on your federal tax return. However, the IRS occasionally allows certain excise taxes to be deducted for certain tax years.

Vehicle Tax Deduction
Connecticut sales and excise taxes on cars or vehicles bought during 2009 may be deducted once from your federal tax return. You cannot deduct excise taxes for vehicles bought during other years.
Phone Tax Deduction
You may deduct excise taxes paid on long-distance phone calls between the years of 2003 and 2006 from your federal tax return.


Can I get a Connecticut Excise Tax Refund?

While sales tax refunds are available for goods that are purchased in Connecticut and exported, Connecticut excise taxes paid on goods are generally non-refundable. Incentives may exist allowing certain state of federal excise taxes to be refunded on goods bought for specific uses, but such incentives change frequently.

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