Several types of businesses must have a wine tax permit and file monthly tax returns. They include:
- Wineries and any other businesses located in Idaho that sell wine at wholesale
- Wineries that ship wine directly to Idaho residents
- Idaho businesses that sell strong beer (beer containing more than 4% of alcohol by weight)
The Idaho wine tax rate is 45 cents per gallon. It's remained at this rate since this tax began in 1971.
- WI 1721, Idaho Wine Distributors Report of Wine Purchases
- WI 1722, Idaho Wine Distributors & Wineries Report of Sales/Transfers to Idaho Distributors
- WB-403, Request Beer/Wine Destruction
- Wine Tax Bond
- Full list of wine tax forms and all required schedules »
The Form 1752, Idaho Wine Distributors, Wineries, and Wine Direct Shippers Tax Return, is due on the 15th of the month following the tax period (e.g. October's return is due November 15). Personalized copies of Form 1752 are mailed to account owners and aren't available on our website. If you've misplaced your paper returns, you can request reprints by contacting Taxpayer Services at (208) 334-7660 in the Boise area or toll free at (800) 972-7660. Form 1752 instructions and all required schedules are on this website.
A winery is considered a direct shipper when it ships wine directly to a resident's home. A direct shipper must meet certain requirements. All direct shippers of wine must have a wine tax permit and file monthly wine tax returns.
Use Form BWA to apply for an Idaho beer or wine tax permit. Neither permit is transferable. You can download Form BWA and mail the application to the Idaho State Tax Commission, Attn: Permit Accounting Services, PO Box 36, Boise ID 83722-3220 or fax it to (208) 334-7560. You should receive your permit within four weeks.
If consumers haven't paid Idaho sales tax on the purchase of wine delivered to their home, you owe use tax. When in doubt, consumers should check their invoice to see if they've been charged sales tax. The business that ships wine to a consumer's home typically pays any wine tax that's due.
While distributors, wineries, and direct shippers pay the wine tax, consumers may owe a use tax when they purchase wine outside of Idaho and bring it in the state.
If you haven't paid any U.S. state sales tax on the purchase of the wine, you owe Idaho use tax. If the amount of sales tax you paid to another state is less than 6%, you owe Idaho use tax on the difference.
If you're returning to the U.S., including Idaho resident military members who've been stationed abroad, and you bring a wine collection into Idaho from overseas, you must pay a 6% use tax to Idaho.
However, if you bought wine more than three months before moving to Idaho as a new resident or you're a nonresident military member temporarily assigned to Idaho, you and your spouse may qualify for an exemption from the use tax. See our Sales/Use Tax and Military Web pages for more information.
- Wine Tax Law Chapter 13: County Option Kitchen and Table Wine Act
- Wine Tax Rules [PDF]
- Any proposed or temporary rules can be seen through this page.
The Idaho State Tax Commission collects and enforces beer and wine taxes. The Alcohol Beverage Control Bureau of the Idaho State Police ensures that all establishments selling or producing beer and wine are properly licensed and conform to the law. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare regulates safety and sanitation standards for establishments making retail sales of beer and wine in Idaho. Most counties require a permit from their recorder's office. Cities will require a license from their clerk's office. The United States Department of the Treasury also regulates alcohol in Idaho.