A recent Daily Beast article outlined the current state of direct to consumer shipping of spirits from distilleries. The article notes that several states, including KY, have recently passed laws allowing distilleries to ship spirits directly to your home, and asks, will the rest follow? In response, WSWA issued a press release outlining alleged inaccuracies in the Daily Beast article.   To learn more about state laws governing DTC from distilleries, please find a wealth of information on the American Craft Spirits Association website.    

The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA) has no doubt benefited those in the alcohol beverage industry. The tax relief under the CBMTRA is set to expire at the 2019. Industry members, including the American Craft Sprits Association (ACSA), are working hard to extend the tax benefits under the CBMTRA indefinitely. If you want to learn about the following: Outlook of the current status of tax legislation and extension efforts; Possible impact to your clients on December 31, 2019; If and how other issues, like the impeachment proceedings, could impact the Congressional agenda. Then please join ACSA’s public policy counsel, James Hyland of the Pennsylvania Avenue Group, on October 16th at 3pm EST for a complimentary webinar.

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  Senate Bill 51-49 includes a two-year version of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, which cuts the federal excise tax on spirits, wine and beer, allows in-bond transfers of bottled spirits and provides for the expensing of certain costs related to the aging process of alcohol. The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act creates a tiered excise tax rate for distilled spirits, a shift from the flat $13.50 per proof gallon rate. The rate of tax is lowered to $2.70 per proof gallon on the first 100,000 proof gallons of distilled spirits, $13.34 for all proof gallons in excess of that amount but less than 22,130,000 proof gallons, and $13.50 for amounts greater. Like many others in the alcohol industry, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is experiencing the effects of the Act. Sizeable federal excise tax reductions on beer, wine, and spirits will undoubtedly impact the TTB’s regulations in one way or another, but for the moment TTB officials are still trying to narrow the practical implications of the Act which went into effect January 1, 2018. TTB has not yet released guidance but their website reads “On December 22, 2017, the President signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which makes extensive changes to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, including provisions related to alcohol that are administered by TTB. Those changes are effective January 1, 2018. We are currently assessing the impact of these changes on TTB forms, regulations,…

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