Texas Considers Alcohol Tax at Bars and Restaurants 2/28/13
CBS 7 News
February 28, 2013
TEXAS – You may soon be paying more for alcoholic beverages at restaurants and bars in Texas. According to midland restaurant owner and Vice President of the Texas restaurant association Jerry Morales, state lawmakers are looking at passing a 14-percent tax down to consumers. The mixed beverage tax is currently paid by restaurant and bar owners but with changes in health care requirements for employers, Morales says state leaders are exploring having customers to pick up the tab.
Morales says some restaurants currently include the 14-percent tax in the price of the beverage, so this change would only mean the tax would be printed on the receipt. This is currently only a proposal, the Texas comptroller's office is ironing out the details of the legislation.