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Washington Taxes Hit Small Liquor Stores Harder

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Twenty-two liquor stores in Washington are in danger of losing their licenses for falling behind in taxes and fees to the state.
    
They are mostly small stores who say they have trouble competing with big stores that are better able to spread the costs.
    
The owner of Deer Park Liquor & Wine, Linda Thrasher, told The Spokesman-Review (http://bit.ly/1aAtNVH ) she owes the Department of Revenue for the 10 percent excise tax on liquor and the Liquor Control Board for the 17 percent surcharge.
    
Small liquor store owners represented by the Washington Liquor Store Association are asking the Legislature for help. Some of their concerns will be discussed at a Nov. 22 meeting of the House Oversight Committee in Olympia.

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