Domestic Ticket Taxes

These taxes are periodically reauthorized by Congress. At times they have expired without reauthorization. For example, the taxes were not in effect January 1-August 26, 1996, January 1-March 6, 1997, or July 23-August 7, 2011. The segment tax is legislated to increase annually with the CPI effective January 1, 2003, rounded up to the nearest dime.

EFFECTIVE DATE

EXCISE TAX (%) SEGMENT TAX ($)
1941 5.0 —–
1942 10.0 —–
1943 15.0 —–
1955 10.0 —–
1956 5.0 —–
July 1, 1970 8.0 —–
July 1, 1980 5.0 —–
September 1, 1982 8.0 —–
December 1, 1990 10.0 —–
October 1, 1997 9.0 1.00
October 1, 1998 8.0 2.00
October 1, 1999 7.5 2.25
January 1, 2000 ” “ 2.50
January 1, 2001 ” “ 2.75
January 1, 2002 ” “ 3.00
January 1, 2004 ” “ 3.10
January 1, 2005 ” “ 3.20
January 1, 2006 ” “ 3.30
January 1, 2007 ” “ 3.40
January 1, 2008 ” “ 3.50
January 1, 2009 ” “ 3.60
January 1, 2010 ” “ 3.70
January 1, 2012 ” “ 3.80
January 1, 2013 ” “ 3.90
January 1, 2014 ” “ 4.00

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