In general, an excise tax is a tax is imposed on the sale of specific goods or services, or on certain uses. Federal excise tax is usually imposed on the sale of things like fuel, airline tickets, heavy trucks and highway tractors, indoor tanning, tires, tobacco and other goods and services.
Businesses that are subject to excise tax generally must file a Form 720, Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return to report the tax to the IRS. Excise taxes are imposed on a wide variety of goods, services and activities. The tax may be imposed at the time of
- Sale by the manufacturer
- Sale by the retailer
- Use by the manufacturer or consumer