Posted: Mar 21, 2019
Illegal shipping from online sales takes tax money away from Michigan
LANSING, Mich (WLNS) - One in four bottles of alcohol was illegally shipped into Michigan between October and December of 2018 according to data compiled by the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association.
It’s estimated that 60 percent to 70 percent of the alcohol purchased online is wine, which means nearly 130,000 bottles of wine were illegally shipped into Michigan over the three-month stretch.
“Wine illegally shipped into Michigan by out-of-state retailers robs our state of much-needed tax revenue at a time when Michigan needs every penny it can get,” said Spencer Nevins, president of the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association. “Illegal wine shipments also take money away from mom-and-pop retailers who invest in their communities and are proud to call Michigan home.”
The data were compiled using reports from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission and excise tax data from the state of Michigan.
“I find it deeply troubling that out-of-state retailers continue to skirt state law by shipping at least 300,000 bottles of wine illegally into the state during 2018. More troubling is the fact that number is likely much higher because it excludes data from the 1st and 3rd quarters of 2018,” Nevins said. “We urge the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to continue tracking these bad actors and for the state to crack down on out-of-state retailers who illegally ship wine into our state.”
By: Ronnie Das
March 20, 2019
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