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Wine Equalisation Tax (WET)

Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) is a tax on wine and is levied at 29%.  The tax is paid on the value of the wine at the last wholesale sale, or an equivalent value when there is no wholesale sale. 

WET affects wine manufacturers, wholesalers, and importers.  These wholesalers must report WET amounts payable to the ATO and WET credit amounts on Business Activity Statements (BAS).  Retailers do not have a WET liability unless they make their own wholesale wine.  

Generally, WET is included in the price that retailers, such as bottle shops and restaurants, pay when purchasing wine. The retailer is not entitled to claim back the cost of the WET, as the WET is built into the price that the retailer pays and then passed on to the consumer.  

For further information, see Wine Equalisation Tax Essentials