MD RTD Definition and Tax Rate Bill Held in Committee

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Failing to advance from committee, H.B. 663 defines “ready-to-drink cocktail” as a beverage that contains distilled spirits mixed with nonalcoholic beverages and may contain wine, is 12% or less alcohol by volume, and is contained in original packaging consisting of a metallic container or can that is not more than twelve ounces. The bill further sets the tax rate for such products at 40 cents per gallon.

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