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There is a tax that should be paid when you cross to the US side. That is one of the things you should declare. Failure to declare and found upon inspection will cause big problems. Your decision.

 

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Federal information   Generally, one liter of alcohol per person may be entered into United States duty-free by travelers who are 21 years or older. Additional quantities may be entered but will be subject to duty and Federal Excise taxes, which will be assessed and collected at the Port of Entry. There is no federal limit on the amount of alcohol a traveler may import into the United States for personal use, however, large quantities might raise the suspicion that the importation is for commercial purposes, and an U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer could require that you comply with the requirements under the Federal Alcohol Administration Act (FAA  Act)

 https://help.cbp.gov/s/article/Article-190?language=en_US  

 

Arizona information: The State of Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control (DLLC) regulates liquor production, storage, transport, sale, service and consumption in Arizona. Personal collections of liquor for private (non-commercial) use are not regulated by this agency or Title 4 (Arizona liquor law) unless unlawful acts are associated with private use. Unlawful actions may include, but are not limited to, underage drinking, dealing in liquor (commercial purposes or profit) without a license, etc.

https://azliquor.gov/index.cfm

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2 hours ago, Mostlylost said:

Federal information   Generally, one liter of alcohol per person may be entered into United States duty-free by travelers who are 21 years or older. Additional quantities may be entered but will be subject to duty and Federal Excise taxes, which will be assessed and collected at the Port of Entry. There is no federal limit on the amount of alcohol a traveler may import into the United States for personal use, however, large quantities might raise the suspicion that the importation is for commercial purposes, and an U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer could require that you comply with the requirements under the Federal Alcohol Administration Act (FAA  Act)

 https://help.cbp.gov/s/article/Article-190?language=en_US  

 

Arizona information: The State of Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control (DLLC) regulates liquor production, storage, transport, sale, service and consumption in Arizona. Personal collections of liquor for private (non-commercial) use are not regulated by this agency or Title 4 (Arizona liquor law) unless unlawful acts are associated with private use. Unlawful actions may include, but are not limited to, underage drinking, dealing in liquor (commercial purposes or profit) without a license, etc.

https://azliquor.gov/index.cfm

Texas charged us state tax on all liquor.  Even tiny 2 oz bottles.

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A few months ago I took a friend to Texas and crossed at Colombia.  He had 6 liters of expensive Tequila and a case of beer.  The credit card terminal was not functioning and CBP refused the tax payment in MXN pesos.  Neither of us had dollars so CBP made him pour it all out in a 55 gallon barrel.  YMMV

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Texas Customs and Border Patrol will send you to the small booth to pay and get a state tax seal put on your bottle same as all other bottles of liquor in the state. 

The amount is relatively small and the state booths are not always manned. I stop and if they don't show up I only wait a short time.

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