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Revenue and Taxation Code - RTC

DIVISION 2. OTHER TAXES [6001 - 61050]

  ( Heading of Division 2 amended by Stats. 1968, Ch. 279. )


  ( Part 14 added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1842. )

CHAPTER 5. Tax on Distilled Spirits [32201 - 32214]

  ( Chapter 5 added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1842. )

ARTICLE 1. Imposition of Tax [32201 - 32203]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1842. )


An excise tax is imposed upon all distilled spirits sold in this state or pursuant to Section 23384 of the Business and Professions Code by manufacturers, distilled spirits manufacturer’s agents, brandy manufacturers, rectifiers, or wholesalers, or sellers of distilled spirits selling distilled spirits with respect to which no tax has been paid within areas over which the federal government exercises jurisdiction, at the following rates:

On all distilled spirits of proof strength or less, two dollars ($2) per wine gallon, and at a proportionate rate for any quantity, and on all nonliquid distilled spirits containing 50 percent or less alcohol by weight two cents ($0.02) per ounce avoirdupois, and at a proportionate rate for any quantity.

All distilled spirits in excess of proof strength, and all nonliquid distilled spirits containing more than 50 percent alcohol by weight, shall be taxed at double the above rate.

(Amended by Stats. 1978, Ch. 827.)


An excise tax is levied on sales made in this State of distilled spirits by common carriers on board boats, trains, and airplanes, or by persons licensed to sell distilled spirits on board such boats, trains, and airplanes, at the same rates as set forth in Section 32201. On or before the first day of each month such common carriers and such other licensed persons shall forward to the board a report of the sales of distilled spirits so made in the calendar month preceding the previous calendar month, in such detail and form as the board may prescribe, together with a payment sufficient to pay the tax on the sales.

(Amended by Stats. 1963, Ch. 1397.)


The board shall from time to time make examinations to determine the accuracy of the reports of sales submitted by common carriers and by persons licensed to sell distilled spirits on board boats and trains operated by common carriers. The board may make such rules for the enforcement of the provisions of Section 32202 as it deems necessary to adequately insure the collection of the tax.

(Added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1842.)

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