Code of the District of Columbia

§ 25–901. Taxes to be levied, collected, and paid on alcoholic beverages except beer.

There shall be levied, collected, and paid on all of the following alcoholic beverages (1) manufactured by the licensee under a manufacturer’s license, (2) imported or brought into the District by a licensee under a wholesaler’s license, except alcoholic beverages as may be sold to a dealer licensed under the laws of any state or territory of the United States and not licensed under this title, and (3) imported or brought into the District by a licensee under a retailer’s license, a tax at the following rates to be paid by the licensee in the manner hereinafter provided:

(A) A tax of $.30 on every wine-gallon of wine containing 14% or less of alcohol by volume, other than champagne, sparkling wine, and any wine artificially carbonated, and a proportionate tax at the same rate on all fractional parts of such gallon;

(B) A tax of $.40 on every wine-gallon of wine containing more than 14% of alcohol by volume, other than champagne, sparkling wine, and any wine artificially carbonated, and a proportionate tax at the same rate on all fractional parts of such gallon;

(C) A tax of $.45 on every wine-gallon of champagne, sparkling wine, and any wine artificially carbonated, and a proportionate tax at the same rate on all fractional parts of such gallon;

(D) A tax of $1.50 on every wine-gallon of spirits, and a proportionate tax at the same rate on all fractional parts of such gallon; and

(E) A tax of $1.50 on every wine-gallon of all other alcoholic beverages, and a proportionate tax at the same rate on all fractional parts of such gallon.


(Jan. 24, 1934, 48 Stat. 332, ch. 4, § 23; Apr. 30, 1934, 48 Stat. 654, ch. 181, § 3; June 18, 1934, 48 Stat. 1014, 1015, ch. 600, §§ 1, 2; Aug. 27, 1935, 49 Stat. 901, 903, ch. 756, §§ 11, 17; June 25, 1936, 49 Stat. 1921, ch. 804; June 25, 1948, 62 Stat. 991, ch. 646, § 32(b); May 24, 1949, 63 Stat. 107, ch. 139, § 127; May 27, 1949, 63 Stat. 135, ch. 146, title V, § 505; May 18, 1954, 68 Stat. 113, ch. 218, title VIII, § 801; Mar. 31, 1956, 70 Stat. 81, ch. 154, title III, §§ 301, 302(a); July 25, 1958, 72 Stat. 418, Pub. L. 85-558, §§ 1-5; Sept. 14, 1961, 75 Stat. 510, Pub. L. 87-238, §§ 1-5; Mar. 2, 1962, 76 Stat. 17, Pub. L. 87-408, § 401; Sept. 30, 1966, 80 Stat. 855, Pub. L. 89-610, title I, § 101(a); Oct. 31, 1969, 83 Stat. 175, Pub. L. 91-106, title V, § 501(a), (b); Apr. 18, 1978, D.C. Law 2-73, § 3, 24 DCR 7066; Sept. 29, 1982, D.C. Law 4-157, § 15, 29 DCR 3617; Mar. 8, 1984, D.C. Law 5-51, § 2(b)(9), 30 DCR 5927; Mar. 14, 1985, D.C. Law 5-159, § 25(b), (c), 32 DCR 30; July 25, 1989, D.C. Law 8-17, § 7(a), 36 DCR 4160; May 4, 1990, D.C. Law 8-119, § 2, 37 DCR 1738; May 3, 2001, D.C. Law 13-298, § 101, 48 DCR 2959.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 25-901.

1973 Ed., § 25-124.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 25-903 and § 25-905.