Progress continues to be made on Federal Excise Tax Parity. Distillers across the country have been hard at work meeting with their legislators and asking for support of S. 2169 by Sen. Kirsten Gilibrand (D-NY) and H.R. 4083 by Representative Chris Gibson (R-NY).

In the past few weeks Sen. Schumer (NY) officially signed onto the Senate bill and Rep. Steve Stivers (OH) signed onto the house version. A few other members of Congress have made verbal commitments. It is now time to ask your House member and Senator to sign onto the bill. Some distillers have had great success in beginning the conversation by having their representatives out to tour their distilleries. Showing of your facility is one of the best tools you have in educating decision-makers about the impacts of the excise tax on your business.

The legislation seeks to level the playing field for small distillers by creating a tiered tax structure based on volume produced, similar to that already in place and supporting small businesses in the beer and wine industry.

Currently, we are seeking inclusion in a tax bill now being formulated in the Senate and House. Special thanks distillers in Alaska, Wyoming, Oregon, New York who are making special efforts with their senate delegations on behalf of the craft distilling industry.

You can join the effort. Please ask your Congressional representatives to sign onto the bill today. Click here for our resource page, which will provide you background information, advocacy direction, and information you can share with your congressional offices. Let us know how your
conversations go. Call or email Mark Shilling or Ralph Erenzo if you have any questions or information to report.

Mark Shilling
Ralph Erenzo