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Australia: Excise tax rates on beer updated; refund opportunities

Australia: Excise tax rates on beer updated

Australia’s alcohol tax regime reflects updated excise duty rates on beer. Excise duty is applicable to “excisable goods” such as alcohol, tobacco, and fuel manufactured and sold in Australia.


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Effective 1 July 2019, beer packaged in kegs between eight (8) and 48 litres is subject to the same rate of duty as beer packaged in the standard keg size of 48 litres. Additionally, all eligible alcohol manufacturers may claim a refund of 60% of excise duty paid within a 12-month period to a maximum of $100,000.* The previous cap was $30,000.

*$ = Australian dollar

Prior to the change in duty rates, beer sold in kegs exceeding 48 litres was taxed at a lower rate than beer sold in smaller kegs.

Read a July 2019 report prepared by the KPMG member firm in Australia

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