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Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act

The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2019 (S. 362; H.R. 1175) has been introduced in Congress. The legislation makes permanent the tax and other provisions passed as part of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act which …Read More

Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act

The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2019 (S. 362; H.R. 1175) has been introduced in Congress. The legislation makes permanent the tax and other provisions passed as part of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act which …Read More

TTB Announces Voluntary Disclosure Program

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is offering a temporary voluntary disclosure program (through December 31, 2019) to address a significant number of wholesalers and importers of alcohol beverages who have undergone a change in control (a …Read More

Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act

The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2019 (S. 362; H.R. 1175) has been introduced in Congress. The legislation makes permanent the tax and other provisions passed as part of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act which …Read More

H.R. 3301 Addresses Extension of Recalibrated Excise Tax Rates

H.R. 3301, The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019, a tax extenders bill which includes a one-year extension of the language that recalibrated federal excise taxes (FET) for breweries, wineries, and distilleries, cleared the House Ways and …Read More

BA Files Comments on TTB Rulemaking

The Brewers Association filed formal comments with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) concerning Notice 176, Modernization of the Labeling and Advertising Regulations for Wine, Distilled Spirits, and Malt Beverages. Read More

Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act

The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2019 (S. 362; H.R. 1175) has been introduced in Congress. The legislation makes permanent the tax and other provisions passed as part of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act which …Read More

Following Investigation, Keg Importers to Pay Antidumping Duties

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that preliminary determinations in the antidumping duty investigations of imports of refillable stainless steel kegs from China, Germany, and Mexico have been made, finding that exporters from China, Germany, and Mexico have dumped refillable …Read More

USDA Issues Opinion on 2018 Farm Bill Hemp-related Provisions

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a legal opinion to address questions raised by several hemp-related provisions of the Agricultural Act of 2018, better known as the 2018 Farm Bill. The USDA opinion clarifies four areas of …Read More

New TTB Guidance on Reduced Excise Tax Rates

The Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has posted further information of interest to brewers as part of the continuing effort to provide guidance concerning reduced excise tax rates. The new information concerns how the rates apply to production at multiple …Read More

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Pete Johnson

State & Regulatory Affairs Manager

Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association. He joined the BA at its inception in 2005, having previously worked as Programs Director for the Brewers Association of America. Before coming to the small brewing industry in 2001, Pete worked for 14 years with both state and federal elected officials in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

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