Wine: Death and wine taxes
Another duty hike would be a disaster for wine businesses and wine lovers alike, writes Tomas Clancy.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. These words echoed in my mind as I read the Irish Wine Association’s annual report for 2013.
In 2010 and 2011, 39 per cent of the purchase price of a standard bottle of wine was excise and Vat (€3.50 of a standard, €9 bottle of wine). In 2012, this became 41 per cent (€3.65 a bottle).
The government then abandoned the idea of percentage additions and we...
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