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Chilean Winemakers Decry Proposed Tax Hike

July 09, 2014

Today, wine in Chile is taxed at 15 percent per liter wholesale. That's high compared to other nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that includes the much-wealthier major wine countries of Europe and the Americas. If the new tax, part of a much larger tax reform proposed by Chile's new government, is passed, as of September the new rate for all alcoholic beverages would be 18 percent plus 0.5 percent per degree of alcohol, which represents 60 percent more for a wine of 12 percent ABV than the present tax.