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Not-So-Sweet Excise Taxes

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Publication Date: July 2009

Publisher(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Author(s): D. Sean Shurtleff

Funder(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Funder(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Series: BA663

Topic: Economics (Consumers and consumption)

Keywords: Tax; Excise

Type: Brief

Abstract:

Some members of Congress want to raise excise taxes to pay for health care reform and energy technology development. Federal excises on tobacco and alcohol are often called sin taxes; others designed to pay for specific government services, such as gas taxes that fund road building and maintenance, are often called user fees.