84% of Brits say Scotch whisky tax is unfair

An overwhelming majority of the British public (84%) find the rate of tax on Scotch whisky – which is 78% – unfair, according to new research conducted by Censuswide on behalf of the Scotch Whisky Association.

The survey polled 1,129 people across the UK and found that one in three people buy Scotch as a Christmas present for a loved one. But only one in three people are aware that they pay 78% tax on a bottle of Scotch.

David Frost, chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, comments, “These results show that consumers see Scotch as a holiday staple for gifting and entertaining. We have got to find a way to put a bit of money back into people’s pockets not only during the festive season, but throughout the year, which is why we are campaigning for a 2% cut in alcohol duty in the 2015 Budget. A 78% tax on a bottle of Scotch is simply not fair.”

Jonathan Isaby, chief executive, adds, “The chancellor has a chance to leave a little more in people’s pockets by cutting this unfairly high tax down to size in the Budget. Politicians often talk about the cost of living crisis, and this is a chance for the chancellor to do something about it.”

Scotch whisky contributes around £5 billion to the UK economy and supports around 40,000 jobs.  

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One response to “84% of Brits say Scotch whisky tax is unfair”

  1. Anthony Krijger says:

    In South Africa we buy Scotch at a fraction of the price anyone in Scotland can buy it. We are also taxed on alcohol and we pay import duties and VAT and yet we can buy Scotch for as little as £ 4.00 with the label “produced and bottled in Scotland.
    Government meddles much more with pricing than we realise. You Brits are producing oil at $50 per barrel and we are net importers, yet we pay £0.63 per litre at the pumps here in South Africa.

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