Shutdown Survey, Excise Tax Extension, and more, by Jim Trezise

January 18, 2019 Shutdown Survey…Excise Tax Extension…Bond Requirement…New Members…Winning Wine If you are not already a member of WineAmerica, join now! Shutdown Affects Wineries  Need a COLA? You’re out of luck. As the partial government shutdown enters its fifth week, wine industry members needing Certificate of Label Approvals or other help from the Tax and Trade Bureau are out of luck, … Read more

Special Year-End Edition, Merry Shutdown…? by Jim Trezise

December 21, 2018 Special Year-End Edition Merry Shutdown…? If you are not already a member of WineAmerica, join now! Background Music (Andy Williams): “It’s the most won-der-ful time of the year…” Twas the week before Christmas And all through the House The Members were voting And continuing to grouse Ah yes, after the ongoing border wall kerfluffle and the on-and-off … Read more

House and Senate Members Reintroduce the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act

By Michael Kaiser, Vice President 1.31.2017 On Monday January 30th, leading House and Senate Members reintroduced the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act. This comprehensive bill would drastically reduce the federal excise tax (FET) burden on wineries, breweries and distilleries. Every congressional district in the United States includes a brewery, winery, distillery, importer or … Read more

TTB Issues Industry Circular On Repeal of Bond Requirements

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has issued an industry circular to provide final guidance on the removal of bond requirements for certain wineries, breweries and distilleries that are liable for not more than $50,000 in federal excise taxes in a calendar year. As WineAmerica has reported over the past year, this … Read more

Senate Works to Lower Wine Excise Taxes (April 13 Update)

The amendment was dropped from consideration on the bill. We will be considering other legislative options with our alcohol industry coalition partners. Craft Beverage Reform and Tax Modernization Act Introduced as Amendment to FAA Bill by Michael Kaiser 4.7.16 Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) have introduced the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax … Read more