Glossary of Terms

Excise Tax 2019-06-22 08:00:00

Excise Tax

Excise tax is an indirect tax charged to a producer of a good such as oil or tobacco that is ultimately passed onto a consumer via a higher price. There are two types of excise taxes: ad valorem and specific excise tax.

Ad valorem means “according to value” in Latin. An ad valorem excise tax is levied on a product or service based on its value. Tax regulators impose ad valorem excise taxes on products and services via a fixed percentage of the price for that good or service.

Specific excise taxes differ from ad valorem taxes in that the price of the tax is a fixed dollar amount on a product instead of a fixed percentage of the cost.