We need to tax the colonists because we were in debt
I must protect this Molasses from smugglers.
I'm gonna steal this and bring it back for my family
I now will reduce the tax of the Sugar act
What caused the Sugar Act to happen was the French and Indian war when the British won and were in debt so they started to tax the colonists
The tax coming from the French and Indian war taxed such things as sugar,molasses,coffee, and wine. So the colonists tried to smuggle the goods that the British government taxed, some got caught and some made it back home with their families to eat and drink.
The whole thing was resolved by the Sugar act being replaced with the Revenue act which reduced the tax of all the goods for 1 penny for one gallon of each of the goods.