Unintended expense of SEC move: higher beer tax

Monday, September 24, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:48 a.m. CDT, Monday, September 24, 2012

COLUMBIA — For Missouri football fans, away game tailgates just got a little more expensive.

One unintended consequence of moving to the Southeastern Conference is the higher beer excise taxes in SEC states. Beer excise taxes are specially imposed taxes for beer consumed off-premise.

In the Big 12, the average excise tax on a case of beer is 52 cents. Comparatively, the SEC clocks in at $1.04 a case on average among the 14 SEC schools. A case of beer is 24 12-ounce beers.

For fans who made the trip to Columbia, S.C., the beer excise tax was almost 13 times higher in South Carolina than in Missouri. Missouri fans purchasing a case of beer paid about $1.60 more in taxes for that case in South Carolina than they would have in Missouri.

Of the top 10 highest state beer excise taxes, the SEC is home to five of those states. Click on the image above and hover over each state in the map to see how much you'll pay in beer excise taxes per case of beer.

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