Wyoming State Excise Taxes 2013 - Fuel, Cigarette, and Alcohol Taxes
13.00¢ per gallon
60¢ per pack
83¢ per gal
83¢ per gal
2¢ 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 Wyoming 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 Wyoming Sales Tax.The Wyoming 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.
Wyoming's excise taxes, on the other hand, are flat per-unit taxes that must be paid directly to the Wyoming 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 Wyoming merchants pass on the excise tax to the customer through higher prices for the taxed goods.
Wyoming per capita excise tax
Wyoming collects an average of $294 in yearly excise taxes per capita, one of the lowest average per capita excise taxes in the country.
Wyoming General Excise Taxes - Gasoline, Cigarettes, and More
Wyoming 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, vehicle sales, transportation tickets, tanning salons, firearms, and more.
Wyoming Gas Tax49th highest gas tax
The Wyoming excise tax on gasoline is 13.00¢ per gallon, one of the lowest gas taxes in the country. Wyoming's excise tax on gasoline is ranked #49 out of the 50 states. The Wyoming gas tax is included in the pump price at all gas stations in Wyoming.
Wyoming Cigarette Tax39th highest cigarette tax
The Wyoming excise tax on cigarettes is $0.60 per 20 cigarettes, lower then 78% of the other 50 states. Wyoming's excise tax on cigarettes is ranked #39 out of the 50 states. The Wyoming cigarette tax of $0.60 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.
Wyoming Cellphone Tax34th highest cellphone tax
The average tax collected on cell phone plans in Wyoming is $7.94 per phone service plan, lower then 68% of the other 50 states. Wyoming's average cellphone tax is ranked #34 out of the 50 states. The Wyoming 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.
Wyoming Car Tax
Wyoming 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 Wyoming Department of Transportation and receive documentation (registration and title papers) proving the fees were paid.
Wyoming Alcohol Excise Taxes - Liquor, Wine, and Beer
Wyoming 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 Wyoming's alcohol taxes in the final purchase price.
Wyoming Beer Tax50th highest beer tax
The Wyoming excise tax on beer is $0.02 per gallon, one of the lowest beer taxes in the country. Wyoming's beer excise tax is ranked #50 out of the 50 states. The Wyoming beer tax is already added to the purchase price of all beer bought in Wyoming, whether in kegs, bottles, or cans.
Wyoming Wine Tax48th highest wine tax
The Wyoming excise tax on Wine is $0.83 per gallon, one of the lowest wine taxes in the country. Wyoming's excise tax on wine is ranked #48 out of the 50 states. All wine sales must be made through state-run liquor stores. In additon to the excise tax collected, additional taxes and fees may apply. The Wyoming wine tax is already added to the purchase price of all wine bought in Wyoming.
Wyoming Liquor Tax48th highest liquor tax
The Wyoming excise tax on liquor is $0.83 per gallon, one of the lowest liquor taxes in the country. Wyoming's excise tax on Spirits is ranked #48 out of the 50 states. All liquor in Wyoming is sold through state-run stores, so the applicable excise tax is set by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS). The excise tax was recently raised from $0.00. The Wyoming 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.
Wyoming Excise Tax Deductions & Refunds
Can I deduct my Wyoming Excise taxes?
Unlike the Wyoming Sales Tax, excise taxes are not generally deductible on Wyoming 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
- Wyoming 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 Wyoming Excise Tax Refund?
While sales tax refunds are available for goods that are purchased in Wyoming and exported, Wyoming 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.
Wyoming Excise Tax - References
- Tax Foundation, State Excise Tax Collections Per Capita, Updated 2009
- Tax Foundation, Gasoline Excise Taxes, Updated 2012
- Tax Foundation, Cigarette Excise Taxes, Updated 2012
- Tax Foundation, Liquor Excise Taxes, Updated 2011
- Tax Foundation, Beer Excise Tax Rates, Updated 2012
- Tax Foundation, Average Wine Taxes, Updated 2011
- Tax Foundation, Average Cell Phone Taxes, Updated 2010