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EU Court Pours Sweden A Victory Over Alcohol Taxes

Law360 (April 8, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Rejecting the European Commission's effort to bar Sweden from levying a lower tax on beer than on wine, the European Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday that the different taxes do not protect the country's beer from outside competition.

Under Swedish law, tax rates are set by alcohol content. A drink containing over 8.5% of alcohol is taxed three times as much as those under the alcohol mark. Alcohol over 15% is taxed another two times more. The alcohol content of beer usually ranges between 3%...
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