Mixed drinks could get pricier as sales tax shifts

Plano liquor sales

Credit: WFAA

Angel's Beverage Center, at Jupiter Road and Plano Parkway, became the first store in Plano to sell liquor on June 29, 2013.

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Associated Press

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM

FORT WORTH (AP) — A change in Texas sales taxes could cost people buying mixed drinks at bars.

Changes enacted by the Legislature that take effect Wednesday cut the taxes businesses pay on mixed drinks sold, from 14 percent to 6.7 percent. But purchasers of mixed drinks will pay a new sales tax of 8.25 percent — the same tax on beer and wine.

Michael Klein, president of the Texas Bar and Nightclub Alliance, says the new system is more complicated and creates room for error.

But Richie Jackson of the Texas Restaurant Association says he thinks vendors now have more flexibility.

Jackson predicts restaurants will handle the tax changes differently, with some choosing to pass along slightly higher taxes to customers and some not.

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