[journal.ie] One-third drop in tax take from alcohol sales in four years. (17 Dec 2011)
Alcohol sales dropped off so much in the space of four years that the Revenue Commissioners were taking in €304m less tax from the sector in 2010 than they did in 2007. That constitutes a drop of around 27 per cent.
Finance Minister Michael Noonan, responding to a question from Fine Gael TD Andrew Doyle in the Dáil this week, said that while there was no way of knowing how much alcohol was sold in off-licenses compared to that sold in licensed premises, it was possible to calculate the tax levy on alcohol through the years.
In 2007, the Revenue Commissioners took €1.13 billion in the alcohol products tax. In 2008, that dropped to €1.069 billion; it dropped again in 2009 and 2010 to €968m and €826m respectively. No figures for 2011 are yet available.
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