[Answer] How is an excise tax different from a sales tax?

Answer: An excise tax applies to specific products
How is an excise tax different from a sales tax?

Excise Tax – Investopedia

District of Columbia Excise Taxes – Tax-Rates.org

Whats the difference between Tariff and Excise Tax

An excise or excise tax is any duty on manufactured goods that is levied at the moment of manufacture rather than at sale. Excises are often associated with customs duties (which are levied on pre-existing goods when they cross a designated border in a specific direction); customs are levied on goods that come into existence – as taxable items – at the border while excise is levied on goods that came into existence inland.

Sun Mar 06 2016 13:30:00 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time) · Excise vs sales tax . Excise taxes are different from sales tax in two important ways. First excise is charged only on specific goods. Sales tax can apply to most things a person might buy although certain jurisdictions may exempt food or clothing. Excise taxes are usually applied to luxury goods or products linked to health issues such as tanning salons or cigarettes.

For purposes of the U.S. Constitution an excise tax can be broadly defined as any indirect tax (usually a tax on an event). In this sense an excise means any tax other than: (1) a property tax or ad valorem tax by reason of its ownership; (2) a tax per head tax or capitation tax by being present (very rare in the United States). In this broad sense income taxes value added taxes (VATs) sales taxes and transfer taxesare exampl…

However excise taxes were applied to so many specific commodities during the Civil War that they functioned collectively as a general sales tax . [32] The first broad-based general sales taxes in the United States we…

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