Washington stores stock up on liquor and signs to explain fees

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by KING 5 News, Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on June 1, 2012 at 7:11 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 1 at 7:26 PM

Starting bright and early Friday, Washington's supermarkets and big box stores opened their newly stocked liquor shelves.

Legislation in Initiative 1183 allows stores larger than 10,000 square feet and some smaller stores to sell liquor.

But to ease confusion over the higher prices some customers might be shocked to pay, many stores are also including an explainer sheet that shows additional fees.

Those fees come from an additional 10 percent distributor fee and a 17 percent retail fee on spirits to reimburse the state for millions of dollars in lost revenue.

In addition to the explainer sheets, several smaller signs next to price tags alert cusomters to additional fees and taxes.

To calculate the liquor tax yourself, click here.

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