Case Studies

City to City: Flowery Branch Uncovers $30,000 With Alcoholic Beverage Excise Tax Compliance Audits

February 10, 2015

The City of Flowery Branch, Georgia conducted not one but two audits within the last few years that uncovered a combined total of $30,000 in unpaid alcoholic beverage excise taxes owed by mixed drink licensees. For a small city like Flowery Branch, that’s a lot of money. That’s why it makes sense to Melissa McCain, City Clerk of Flowery Branch, to invest in an alcoholic beverage excise tax audit every few years to make sure that wholesalers and retailers are paying correctly, and on time.

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City to City: Cynthia Geyer, Hiram City Clerk, Discusses Alcohol Excise Tax Collection

July 29, 2013

Many cities might not think that improving alcohol excise tax collection helps build better bridges within the community, but that’s what City Clerk Cynthia Geyer experienced in Hiram after reaching out to restaurant owners. By straightening out what was previously a complicated, reactive process, Geyer says Hiram has collected over $9,000 in previously unpaid alcohol excise taxes. But more importantly, what she learned from the audit process will increase collections in the future.

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