taxes

Mixed Beverage Gross Receipts Tax

Who is responsible for this tax?

Those who sell, prepare or serve mixed beverages (distilled spirits, beer, ale and wine) must pay this tax, as well as those who sell, prepare or serve ice or nonalcoholic beverages that are sold, prepared or served for the purpose of being mixed with an alcoholic beverage and consumed on the premises of the mixed beverage permittee. The mixed beverage gross receipts tax is in addition to the mixed beverage sales tax imposed on the sale or service of alcoholic beverages, ice or mixers.

The person or organization holding the mixed beverage permit – not the customer – must pay the mixed beverage gross receipts tax. The mixed beverage permit holder may not add it to the selling price as a separate charge or deduct it from the amount received. An amount identified on an invoice as a "tax" is fully due to the state, in addition to the mixed beverage gross receipts tax.

A mixed beverage permittee can include either of the following on an invoice, receipt or bill:

a separate statement of the amount of mixed beverage tax the permittee will pay on the customer's purchase of alcohol (open this section to see a receipt example)

EXAMPLE 1

Item Amount
Dbl Cheeseburger4.75
Fr Fries2.75
Mexican Martini (2)7.00
Subtotal14.50
Sales Tax0.62
MB Sales Tax0.58
TOTAL15.70

Not included in bill: [Business Name] pays 6.7% tax ($0.47) on this sale of alcohol.

a statement of the combined amount of mixed beverage gross receipts tax the permittee will pay and mixed beverage sales tax imposed on the customer's purchase of alcohol (open this section to see a receipt example)

EXAMPLE 2

Item Amount
Dbl Cheeseburger4.75
Fr Fries2.75
Margarita frz (2)7.00
Subtotal14.50
Sales Tax0.62
MB Sales Tax0.58
TOTAL15.70

Included in bill: Customer pays $0.58 on this sale of alcohol. Not included in bill: [Business Name] pays 6.7% tax ($0.47) on this sale of alcohol. Total amount paid to state on alcohol $1.05.

The Alcoholic Beverage Code authorizes the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to regulate alcoholic beverages, including issuing alcoholic beverage permits and collecting alcohol excise taxes.

Rates

6.7 percent (.067) of gross receipts – effective Jan. 1, 2014.

14 percent (.14) of gross receipts – prior to Jan. 1, 2014.

Due Date

Monthly – 20th day of the month following the end of each calendar month (for example, April 20 for March activity).

Penalties and Interest

Penalties
  • If tax is paid 1-30 days after the due date, a 5 percent penalty is assessed.
  • If tax is paid over 30 days after the due date, a 10 percent penalty is assessed.
Interest

Reporting and Payment Requirements

Select the amount of taxes you paid in the preceding state fiscal year (Sept. 1 – Aug. 31) to find the reporting and payment methods to use.

Less than $10,000

Select one of these reporting methods:

Select one of these payment methods:

  • Web Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) or credit card via WebFile (American Express, Discover and MasterCard)
  • TEXNET
  • Check
$10,000 - $49,999

Select one of these reporting methods:

Select one of these payment methods:

  • Web Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) or credit card via WebFile (American Express, Discover and MasterCard)
  • TEXNET
$50,000 - $99,999

WebFile is the only acceptable reporting method.

Select one of these payment methods:

  • Web Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) or credit card via WebFile (American Express, Discover and MasterCard)
  • TEXNET
$100,000 or more

WebFile is the only acceptable reporting method.

TEXNET is the only acceptable payment method.

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