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SOI Tax Stats - Excise Tax Statistics

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The section contains statistics on taxes levied on the manufacture, sale, or consumption of commodities.

All tables are available as Microsoft Excel® files. A free Excel viewer is available for download, if needed.

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General Excise Taxes


Federal Excise Taxes Reported to or Collected by the Internal Revenue Service, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, and Customs Service
Classified by:
Published as:
Type of Excise Tax, Fiscal Year
SOI Bulletin Historical Table 20
Fiscal Years: 1999 - 2014


Federal Excise Taxes, Including the Slow Death of Expired Taxes (PDF)
Article by Brian Francis, SOI
Over the last 20 years, several excise taxes were both instituted and allowed to expire or were repealed. During the course of their enactment, windfall profit, environmental, and luxury taxes generated over $90 billion in revenue.

Statistical Table

Telephone Excise Taxes


Telephone Excise Tax, 1993 (PDF)
Article by Brian Francis, SOI
The communications industry is subject to three separate assessments by two Federal agencies. The IRS collects the telephone excise tax, approximately $5 billion per year, and the corporate income tax, about $9 billion per year, and contributions to the FCC, $3.6 billion for the most recent year. Revenue from these three measures will likely continue to grow under existing law. Related data

Gasoline Excise Taxes

Gasoline Excise Tax, 1933 - 2000 (PDF)
Article by Brian Francis, SOI
The gasoline excise tax has provided a reliable source of revenue to Federal and State coffers throughout most of the 20th century. Federal receipts have reached the level of $20 million per year since 1997. Most of these funds are distributed through the Highway Account and the Mass Transit Account of the Highway Trust Fund. State gasoline excise taxes generated $29 billion in 1999. Excel Tables 1, 2

Aviation Excise Taxes


Excise Taxes and the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, 1970 - 2000 (PDF)
Article by Eric Henry, SOI
Aviation excise taxes increased from aviation-related excise taxes from $564 million in FY 1971 to $9,090 million in FY 2002, with a peak of $10,395 million in FY 1999. Without this Aviation Trust Fund, U.S. airports would not be as equipped and safe as they are today. Related

Environmental Excise Taxes

Environmental Excise Taxes after Credits and Refunds
Classified by: Type of Substance
Tax Years: 1995 1994   1993
Environmental Excise Taxes before Adjustments and Credits
Classified by: Type of Substance
Tax Years: 1992

For more data on excise taxes, see the IRS Data Book.

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Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 15-Apr-2016